This activity was designed for grade four French Immersion students in Ontario, following the language and health curriculum; however, only the teachers' materials have any reference to the specific grade and subject. It could easily be adapted (without needing to change the materials) for use for other age groups. ALL MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED IN THIS DOWNLOAD ARE ENGLISH.
In this language activity, students, either individually or in a group, will use the app Pic Collage (or equivalent) to create posters to share their Health & Physical Activity learning surrounding substance use and addictions.
Resources Required for this Activity's Success:
Projector/computer for teacher use
Class set of iPads or Android tablets for student use (or 1 per group)
Prior Knowledge Students Should Have Before Attempting This Activity:
This activity is designed for students who have already explored the following expectations from the Health & Physical Activity curriculum:
Grade Four Health & Physical Activity
Substance Use, Addictions, and Related Behaviours
C1.4 identify substances (e.g. nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar) found in tobacco products and smoke (e.g., cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff), and describe their effects on health
C2.3 demonstrate the ability to make and support healthy, informed choices about smoking, using their understanding of factors that affect decisions about smoking and a variety of personal and interpersonal skills and thinking processes (e.g., applying decision-making, assertiveness, and refusal skills; thinking in advance about values and personal choices; identifying the pros and cons of both making a change and not making a change; being aware of peer pressure; avoiding situations where people will be smoking; using conversational strategies, such as saying no strongly and clearly, giving reasons, changing the topic, making a joke, asking a question)
C3.2 describe the short- and long-term effects of first- and second-hand smoke on smokers and on people around them
This activity builds on the prior knowledge from Health & Physical Activity and focuses on the following expectation from the French Immersion curriculum:
Grade Four French Immersion
D1.5 Creating Media Texts: using familiar words and expressions, create a variety of media texts in French for specific purposes and audiences, using several media forms and the conventions and techniques appropriate to the chosen form (e.g., create a poster to illustrate a procedure or to promote healthy living; create a brochure for a provincial park; design a bumper sticker about a social or environmental issue; create a map with labels and a legend showing where plants with medicinal properties such as blueberries, apples, and wild ginger can be harvested)
Students will create a poster to promote healthy living and educate other students about smoking.
Use the included PowerPoint (.pptx) presentation and instruction sheet (.docx) to introduce the activity to students and demonstrate how to use Pic Collage (10-15 minutes)
Students reactivate prior knowledge from Health class re: substance use and addictions and decide upon a key message for their poster, researching relevant details if necessary. Students are encouraged to choose a specific detail to communicate, not just a general (“smoking is bad”) message. (15-20 minutes)
Using Pic Collage (or any other image editing software), students create poster using conventions and techniques such as:
Including a headline/title that stands out, incorporating strong visual elements to emphasize their message (e.g., photos or illustrations)
Use the included teacher tracking sheet and student self-evaluation tool to assess if students used appropriate conventions and techniques to communicate their message about smoking to their audience (their peers).
INCLUDED IN THIS DOWNLOAD:
- One .docx file that contains: teachers' guide (as included above), student planning sheet, Pic Collage how-to student reference page, teacher tracking sheet for assessment, student self-evaluation sheet
- One .pptx file that contains: presentation that introduces the project, shows an exemplar, reminds students of purpose and elements of a poster, demonstrates Pic Collage
- both files are editable