Lyme disease is the fastest-growing vector-borne disease in the United States today. The CDC estimates that there are over 329,000 NEW cases of Lyme disease annually. This is more than malaria, West Nile virus, and HIV/Aids combined. Currently, there is NO reliable diagnostic for Lyme disease and—unless it is caught early—Lyme can evolve into a chronic condition spreading to the joints, heart, nervous system and brain, leading to paralysis and death.
Studies show that school-age children are particularly susceptible to contracting Lyme due to their relative stature (being closer to the ground), and activities that involve playing or interacting with flora and fauna.
Bay Area Lyme is committed to ensuring that all school children GET THE RIGHT INFORMATION and LEARN THE RIGHT HABITS to help prevent them from contracting Lyme.
TickSense Lesson Plans and Materials
We offer a free mini-unit on tick-bite prevention and Lyme disease that you can download. This curriculum is designed to be used in advance of teachers taking students to residential outdoor education programs, or on field trips where ticks are known to be present. The material is aligned with California 5th–6th-grade science and health-education standards.
Teacher overview of Lyme and tick-borne diseases (.pdf, 18 pages)
Teacher powerpoint to show to your students (.ppt, 11 pages)
We also provide individual links to the student assignments for easy access to worksheets, worksheet keys and reproducible materials. These can be found on the Outdoor Educators, the Science Teachers and the Health Education Teachers pages.
Although we are primarily a medical, research-based nonprofit foundation, we are committed to educational outreach to prevent the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Teaching children how to check themselves for ticks and understand the symptoms of Lyme disease is critical to our stemming the tide of this disease. Teachers and outdoor educators are vital in helping us with this mission.