Grade Level 2
Health - reading a story about smoking and addiction
Art - Poster to Say No!
Citizenship - discussion on alternatives to smoking
- Give each child one piece of popcorn. Let them eat one piece. When they ask for more tell them they are only going to get that one piece to eat.
- After children begin to ask for more, begin a discussion how sometimes there are things a person needs but they really are things they want. Discuss the difference between wants and needs.
- Talk about how people may want things that are not good for them. But they think they need them. This is called an addiction.
- Tell them that today they will hear a story about a little boy that learns about something that is not good for him.
- Set purpose for reading as "Listen to the story and think about what you would do if someone asked you to try smoking."
- Read pages 1 thru 4. What do you know about cigarettes and how they make you sick?
- Read pages 5 thru 8. Tell what an addiction is. What are some other things that are addictive?
- Read pages 9 thru 10. Has anyone ever tempted you to smoke? What would you do?
- Finish reading the story.
- Use questions at the end of the story.
- Ask students what was in the story that Jimmie could have done instead of smoking cigarettes.
- Discuss exactly what you would say if someone tried to get you to try smoking.
- Act out scenes where one student tries to persuade another to smoke. Emphasize that students need to be specific in giving reasons. What could smoking do to you? Then give a suggestion about what they could do instead.
- Have students design their own poster sending the message to "say no" to smoking. This should include reasons not to as well as something to do instead.