Attached is a lesson for early elementary students about making good choices and saying no to peer pressure. Lesson includes discussion, story examples, discussion questions, practice scenarios, and more. This is a complete, ready to use lesson that requires no additional materials (for the practice scenarios I use red/green or yes/no sticks for students to 'vote' but these are not necessary for the lesson)!
"Here is a story about one little girl and a choice she faced one day at school.
Each day in school when it was time to do math Emily got excited. Emily was very good at math. It was her favorite subject in school. She was extra excited this day because her class had changed seats for the month and she got to sit next to her best friend, Madison. Madison and Emily had been best friends all that school year. They played together after school and they even had the same pink, sparkly pencils that they used to do their schoolwork. They opened their math workbooks, got out their matching pencils and started working on their assignment. Emily was so busy filling in her answers that she barely noticed that Madison was whispering to her.
"Let me copy your answers." Madison whispered. Emily didn't know what to say. Sharing answers was cheating and that was dishonest. Emily stayed quiet.
"Let me copy your answers or I won't be your friend anymore." Madison whispered again. Emily felt confused. Madison was her very best friend. She didn't want to be mean to her or tell her no, but she knew cheating was not right. But what if she lost her best friend?
- What do you think Emily should do?
- What if she loses her best friend?
- How will Emily feel if she makes the wrong decision?"