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Learning Exercise: Defining Foodborne Pathogens

Title:
Defining Foodborne Pathogens
Material:
Description:
Students will perform a content reading lesson and fill out a worksheet pertaining to the "Bad Bug Book."
Course: Microbiology

Info

Submitted by:
Sheri Kahnke
Date Last Modified:
December 05, 2003

Exercise

Content Reading Lesson ? Bad Bug Book
Objective ? SWBAT determine the source, symptoms, associated foods, frequency,
target population, and occurrence of outbreaks related to a variety of foodborne
pathogens and toxins.

Pre-Reading (in class)
We have been studying a unit on types of bacteria. Ask the students if all
bacteria are harmful. (No) What is a general name for disease causing agent?
(Pathogen) We have already discussed that there are a variety of ways that food
can make us sick.
Context ? Have you ever gotten food poisoning or known someone who has? Imagine
some of your symptoms.

During-Reading (homework)
1. Go to the link http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~mow/intro.html

2. Choose and click on an example of a pathogen or toxin under each of the
following categories: Pathogenic bacteria, EEC, Parasitic protozoa and worms,
Rotavirus, Natural toxins.

3. Read about your examples and fill out the accompanying worksheet.


Post-Reading (in class)

1. In class, go over the ?more information needed? section of the student?s
worksheets.

2. Place the students in groups, have the groups talk about their examples and
define each category in their own words.

3. Have each group prepare a power point presentation about precautionary
measures that can be taken to eliminate various types of foodborne illness.






Bad Bug Book Assignment

Directions:
1. Go to the link http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~mow/intro.html
2. Choose and click on an example of a pathogen or toxin under each of the
following categories: Pathogenic bacteria, EEC, Parasitic protozoa and worms,
Rotavirus, Natural toxins.
3. Fill in the following information for each of your examples. You will need
to complete the following information for five separate examples. If you don?t
understand a section of the example, record your question under the section ?I
need more information.?

Name:
Source:
Symptoms:
Associated Foods:
Frequency of Infection:
Target Population:
Occurrence of Outbreaks:
I need more information about:

Categories

Audience

  • High School

Topics

Foodborne Pathogens

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to read and comprehend the nature of various foodborne pathogens.

Type of Task

  • Supplemental activity

Technical Notes

This can be utilized in or out of the classroom. Students could also do the homework in groups.