The Grade 8 – Unit 2: “Substance Use, Addictions, and Related Behaviours” packet. This activity packet provides you with lessons, activities, readings and rubrics that can be used to address the following Grade 8 Ontario Health specific expectations:
What LESSONS are included in this packet?
This packet is thorough in the sense that it includes 18 lessons. Some lessons are designed to set the stage for students in terms of content knowledge and terminology, and other lessons are designed to have students further investigate structures.
Lesson 2.1: Introducing the Unit
Lesson 2.2: Exploring Substances
Lesson 2.3: Use, Abuse, and Misuse
Lesson 2.4: What is an Addiction?
Lesson 2.5: Exploring Addictions
Lesson 2.6: Why Use Substances?
Lesson 2.7: Causes of Addictions
Lesson 2.8: Consequences of Substance Use
Lesson 2.9: Consequences of Addictions
Lesson 2.10: Getting Support for Addictions
Lesson 2.11: Substance Use and Mental Health
Lesson 2.12: What is Mental Health?
Lesson 2.13: Mental Health and Beyond Diagnoses
Lesson 2.14: Stress and Mental Health
Lesson 2.15: Stress and the Body
Lesson 2.16: Stressful Situations
Lesson 2.17: Caring for Our Mental Health
Lesson 2.18: Mental Health Brochures
Each lesson includes a lesson introduction, core learning activity and a lesson consolidation. Each lesson plan also includes a side bar that lists the expectation addressed, learning goal, materials needed, assessment and the success criteria for the lesson. The lessons at a glance pages at the beginning of the unit provide you with a connection to the living skills addressed, guiding questions and the learning that students will be able to complete by the end of the lesson.
There are 30 activity worksheets, 9 readings and 1 test included in this packet.
What ASSESSMENTS are included?
There are 3 assignments included in this packet that have students demonstrate their understanding of the above curriculum expectations (researching substances, researching mental health diagnoses, and creating a mental health brochure). There are 5 rubrics to assess student understanding of the concepts addressed in this unit. Please note that there are a few answer keys provided in this packet, as many activities involve an open answer and it is up to you to determine whether students have appropriately demonstrated their knowledge. There is a final test along with a grading guide.
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