Tricky Ticks is a set of three Key Stage 1 and 2 lesson plans for children and teachers to become ‘tick aware’ through understanding what ticks are, where they might come into contact with them and what to do to prevent being bitten and what to do if bitten.
Activity 1 -Tick identification and biology investigates the biology of ticks and how to identify them, including the tick life cycle, naming parts of the tick and understanding how a tick feeds;
Activity 2- Where do ticks live? explains in what environments ticks live, what animals they feed on, how we come into contact with them and how ecologists study them;
Activity 3 - Tick bites – risk and prevention explores being ‘tick aware’ - public health aspects of ticks, tick bites and Lyme disease; reducing the risk of tick bites, how to perform a tick check and what to do if you are bitten
The three activity plans link to PSHE, Science and Geography, and each plan highlights these links. Suggestions for additional activities are also provided, as is additional information to allow reading around the subject areas or link to extra resources to extend the topics. Each activity has an accompanying ppt. slide set of photographs with learning objectives and key points.
Some of the subjects around tick bites and Lyme disease might be more appropriate for Key Stage 2 children, however teachers will be able to assess what to teach to their classes.
For interest we have included biographies of some of the people who have helped create these resources and others who work in public health.
These resources were originally created for use with supplementary physical resources that come in rucksacks. In order to increase the reach of these electronic resources they have been made available here for use independently of the rucksacks. If you would like to assemble your own rucksack, there is an equipment list included.