Grade Level K-1
Health - reading a story about smoking and addiction
Art - Banner
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 to find out how Jimmie learns what an addiction is."
- Read page 1 and 2. Ask children to repeat all the fun things to do at the playground.
- Read pages 3 thru 8. Talk about the meaning of dangerous. What are some other things that are dangerous to your health?
- Read pages 9 thru 11. What can you do if your friend wants to try smoking a cigarette?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.