History, Preparedness, Public Health

Bioterrorism & Bioterror Agents

Author Kimberly Hazel , 08-Sep-2022

The Bioterrorism & Bioterror Agents Lesson Plan by GIDEON is an excellent resource for educators. After this lesson, students should be able to describe different infectious diseases used for bioterror and discuss how these infectious diseases attack the human body and impact the body’s immune system.


The students will investigate infectious diseases that transmit these agents through a study on the use of biological agents as weapons and bioterrorism. The lesson provides a wealth of information and activities that engage students in learning about bioterrorism.



About the Lesson Plan

Preparing for a bioterror event is essential for any health organization. This lesson is designed to help students understand the 5 phases of Bioterror Attack Response. This includes researching bioterror agents and diseases and working together to create a potential response plan. It also discusses epidemiological investigations during rapid response events.

The activities in the lesson plan focus on bioterror agents.  Each activity also includes an educator’s guide providing step-by-step instructions and resources. In instances where the activity can not be completed as described, there are alternative or supplemental activities for students.

This Lesson Features:

  • Lesson Outcomes & Overview
  • Bioterror Agents & Categories Chart Activity
  • Explore Module Walkthrough
  • Phases of Addressing a Bioterror Event Informational Sheet
  • Bioterror Preparedness Plan Group Activity
  • Discussion Questions
  • Supplemental Activity
  • Bioterror Timeline Informational Sheet
  • Supplemental Activity


GIDEON Module Highlighted in the Lesson:

This lesson plan uses GIDEON’s Explore Module to provide information on infectious diseases and their outbreaks. This information includes the history of the disease, clinical information, and epidemiological data. This module provides a comprehensive overview of each disease, which is beneficial for teaching about disease spread and its effects.

Kimberly Hazel