This Grade 5 Health teaching resource offers an in-depth coverage of all the indicators for the outcome USC5.6: Assess peer influence and demonstrate a readiness to prevent and /or avoid potentially dangerous situations involving peer pressure (lying, substance use and bullying)
Although it has been written to meet the outcome and indicators for the Saskatchewan Health curriculum, it will meet the needs of educators teaching students about the impact that violence and abuse has on human lives.
Lessons are presented in the order of the indicators:
Discuss why peers pressure each other
Ask questions and seek answers for deeper understanding:
- Why is peer pressure often more prevalent during adolescence than during any other time in one’s life?
- How and why does peer pressure change as one gets older?
- Why can peer pressure be so powerful?
- How do my thoughts, feelings and actions influence my peers?
c. Examine the different levels of pressure (internal, indirect, direct)
d. Describe indicators of positive and negative peer pressure (positive: encourage healthy behaviours; negative: encourage unhealthy behaviours)
e. Discuss examples of positive and negative peer influences on healthy decision-making
f. Generate and practice possible strategies to avoid/reduce the rick of potentially dangerous/unhealthy/unsafe situations involving peer pressure (prepare a mental script. Listen to your “gut”, plan for possible pressure situations, use possible parental controls as an excuse)
Other units available for Saskatchewan Grade 5 Health are:
I Can Statement Posters for Grade 5 Health
Personal Eating Practices
Changes in Puberty
Infectious and Non-Infectious Illness/Diseases
Violence and Abuse
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