Grade Level 3
Health - reading a story about smoking and addiction
Language Arts - Letter to tobacco company
Citizenship - discussion on how to stop people from 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.
- Make a list on the board with one side WANTS and the other one 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 boy that learns about wants and needs in regards to smoking.
- Set the purpose for reading as "Listen to the story and think about what is wrong with smoking and what to do about cigarettes."
- Read pages 1 thru 8. Talk about the word Addiction and how it would make people act.
- Read page 9. Discuss how smoking affects your health.
- Finish reading the story.
- Use questions at the end of the story.
- Ask students what is wrong with smoking.
- Ask for suggestions on trying to stop people from smoking.
- Have students write a letter to a tobacco company about what is wrong with smoking and why the company should not try to persuade people to smoke. *Some students may be able to research statistics on the computer about illnesses or deaths related to smoking.