Grade Level K-1

Vocabulary Words:

Health - reading a story about smoking and addiction
Art - Banner
Citizenship - discussion on alternatives to smoking


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Talk about how people may want things that are not good for them. But they think they need them. This is called an addiction.
  4. Tell them that today they will hear a story about a little boy that learns about something that is not good for him.
  5. Set purpose for reading as "Listen to the story to find out how Jimmie learns what an addiction is."
During Reading:
  1. Read page 1 and 2. Ask children to repeat all the fun things to do at the playground.
  2. Read pages 3 thru 8. Talk about the meaning of dangerous. What are some other things that are dangerous to your health?
  3. Read pages 9 thru 11. What can you do if your friend wants to try smoking a cigarette?
  4. Finish reading the story.
After Reading:
  1. Use questions at the end of the story.
  2. Ask students what was in the story that Jimmie could have done instead of smoking cigarettes.
  3. Make a class banner with alternative things to do instead of smoking. Have the students sign and/or paint handprints on the banner to show that they will do something else instead of smoking.
  4. Have a "Yuck Face" contest. Have students make faces that they will make if someone asks them to do something that is bad for them. Vote on the yuckiest face.