This very complex topic has been put together in a package with worksheets and some fun activities to engage the grade 3 to grade 5 learner. Students will be extremely interested in the topic and you will be surprised by how easy it will be to teach. Always personalize your lessons based on the feedback you receive as you teach and please do not be afraid to add suggestions with feedback for me as to what worked well from your own supplementary teaching so that I can add it to the package.
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This package follows the grade 3, Ontario Health curriculum for Substance Use, Addictions, and Related Behaviours - with some overlap into grade 4 and grade 5 curriculum.
Substance Use, Addictions, and Related Behaviours
C1.2 demonstrate an understanding of different types of legal and illegal substance abuse (e.g.,dependency on nicotine in cigarettes or caffeine in coffee, energy drinks, and colas, or sugar and salt in sports drinks, or alcohol in beer, wine, and spirits) and the impacts of abusing these substances on themselves and others (e.g., dependencies or addictions, financial stresses, legal issues, health issues,
C2.3 apply decision-making strategies to make healthy choices about behaviours and the use of various substances in ways that could lead to dependencies, identifying factors that should be considered (e.g., short-term use of medications can be helpful for an illness, but misuse of some medications could lead to dependency or harm; moderated television watching or computer use can
provide healthy entertainment or new learning or be necessary to complete school work, but too much screen time can reinforce sedentary habits and inactivity, which can lead to social isolation and increased vulnerability to physical ailments; cultural teachings can provide guidance when considering the impact of using substances) [CT]