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Students are introduced to the effects of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. In groups, they research how drugs and alcohol affect the body in terms of getting the nutritional values that it needs to be healthy. They also discuss how emotions and their self-worth can affect their likelihood in using drugs and alcohol.
Youths aged 13 & 14 are most likely to notice and remember in-store tobacco promotions. Class members dissect tobacco advertising tactics and learn about relevant legislation by participating in guided discussion. Assessing promotions, target audiences, and brand associations/strategies they audit local real-life promotions. Incorporate inquiry-based research about laws and restrictions in countries other than Canada (where this excellent resource originated).
Challenge your pupils' abilities in evaluating primary sources, while gaining historical empathy and higher-order thinking skills as they take on the role of a legislator who must amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. Learners evaluate the source, discuss what needs to be amended, and develop arguments for the amendment. The next day is the legislature simulation where the arguments are presented and voted on. If you cannot use the subject of Fair Labor or tobacco bag stringing in your class, any historical amendment could be used instead.
Is there really anything good about tobacco? No, there isn't one good thing about tobacco! This presentation provides a good overview of pertinent information. A few of the topics included are: what's in a cigarette, peer pressure, effects of smoking on the heart and lungs. There are great points in this presentation to use as jumping off points for discussions with your class. Engage pupils as much as possible in discussions about the dangers of tobacco and emphasize that each person has the power to make good choices.
Students create an advertisement to convince children to stay away from tobacco products. In this smoking prevention lesson, students discuss the health effects of tobacco use and evaluate current tobacco ads. Students work in small groups to create their own song or television commercial to promote not using tobacco products.
Fourth graders create a skit, story or short film. In this health and tobacco instructional activity, 4th graders view a PowerPoint about tobacco, discuss the parts of the body that can be harmed by smoking and work in small groups to create a presentation of the negative effects of tobacco.
Why was tobacco bag stringing important and what exactly is it? Fourth and fifth graders will learn about tobacco stringing and its effect on the economy in both North Carolina and Virginia. They will engage in several activities that include research, debate, and critical thinking skills development. This collaborative activity is a great addition to your social studies curriculum. Primary resource links, tobacco stringing project, and lessons are all included.
Fifth graders investigate the effects of tobacco. For this healthy living lesson, 5th graders complete a KWL chart about tobacco and work in groups to research the health risk of tobacco use. Students write about their reasons for not smoking, review its effects on the respiratory system and write a letter to a friend about the dangers of tobacco use.