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Educating Students about Drug Use and Mental Health - Grade 5: Overview

Grade 5 Overview
Expectation 1

Step 1: Identify the learning expectations:

1. Overall Expectation:

  • Identify the influences (e.g., the media, peers, family members) that affect the use of alcohol, as well as the effects, legalities of and healthy alternatives to, alcohol use.

2. Specific Learning Expectations:

  • Describe the short and long-term effects of alcohol use and abuse. Apply decision-making skills to make healthy choices about alcohol use, and recognize factors (e.g., the media, family members, friends, laws) that can influence the decision to drink alcohol.
  • Demonstrate resistance techniques (e.g., avoidance, walking away) and assertive skills (e.g., saying no) to deal with peer pressure in situations pertaining to substance use and abuse.

Step 2: Connect the Achievement Level category to the learning expectations:

1.describes1. Understands concepts and communicates these with few errors using appropriate terminology.
2.applies2.Understands concepts, participates actively, using most of the required skills, communicates clearly, using appropriate terminology.
3. Understands concepts, participates actively, using most of required skills, communicates clearly using appropriate terminology.

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
  • show understanding of the influences affecting decisions to use or not to use alcohol
  • list/discuss the physiological effects of alcohol (short and long-term)
  • understand and apply decision-making process about using or not using alcohol
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills related to influences
  • demonstrate a variety of assertive and refusal skills
  • actively participate in role-play

Step 3: Evidence of student learning will be identified and assessed by the student's ability to use and demonstrate these factors.

Step 4: Develop/determine the assessment strategy/tool:

1. What will students do to demonstrate their learning?

  • Practice matching exercises
  • Explain orally
  • Take part in small group work
  • Write in journals/logs
  • Create portfolios

2. What will you use to collect evidence of the student's learning?

  • Observation of small group work
  • Activities/worksheets
  • Observation of role-plays

Step 5: Outline the teaching/learning strategies:

Follow the links to the three lesson plans for Grade 5.

Additional Resources

There are some additional resources listed at the end of this document. You may also check with your local school board, public health office or call the central information numbers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health:

  • R. Samuel McLaughlin Addiciton and Mental Health Information Centre: 1-800-463-6273
  • Video Reference Desk: 416-535-8501, ext. 6987
  • Marketing Department (kits and pamphlets, etc.): 1-800-661-1111
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