Epidemiology: the study of diseases, and how they spread.
What's Lurking in Lunch? is a fun way to introduce the fundamentals of epidemiology to a wide range of grade levels. The interactive game challenges players to find the cause of a foodborne illness outbreak. They will need to discover the following: Culprit, Pathogen, Location, and Food.
In order to confirm their suspicions, players will visit the hospital to collect symptom data and eateries to interview employees about their food handling practices. They will also visit a microbiology lab to obtain test results and the Department of Public Health to gather data about food choices and to calculate attack rate.
Day 1, one 50-minute class period.
Introduce foodborne illness and epidemiology. Ask kids to share personal experiences with both. Research past outbreaks. Review Job Descriptions found in the Player Guide. Review the Culprit Cards, Lab-Test Cards, Food-Attack-Rate Cards, Medical Files, Game Board, Microbe Reference Manual, Glossary, Outbreak Notepad, and Student Handbook.
Days 2 and 3, two 50-minute class periods.
This assumes that it will take 20 minutes to set up and clean up each period with 30 minutes of uninterrupted game play.
Preparation is time consuming BUT, once complete, you will have the game for years to come and will only need to set up the different scenarios when you are ready to play.
For a class of 32 students (8 games), expect to spend about 1 hour printing the pages, 1 hour laminating, 3 hours cutting/folding/gluing all of the cards, 1 hour dividing the game up into sets and setting them up in storage boxes, and 1 hour practicing the game before attempting it with students. This is a good project for student aides or volunteers to prepare on a teacher’s behalf.
Strand 1: Inquiry Process (Grades 3-6; highest grade listed below)
Concept 1: Observations, Questions, and Hypotheses
Concept 2: Scientific Testing (Investigating and Modeling)
Concept 3: Analysis and Conclusions
Science Center. (2014, August 05). For Teachers. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved May 13, 2022 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/whats-lurking-lunch-teachers
Science Center. "For Teachers". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 05 August, 2014. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/whats-lurking-lunch-teachers
Science Center. "For Teachers". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 05 Aug 2014. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 13 May 2022. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/whats-lurking-lunch-teachers