Webster #6

4th Grade – Peer Pressure


I spent my time with the 4th grade introducing various peer pressure strategies. I talked about the concept of peer pressure in the Under Whose Influence lesson (we read a story about a middle school girl that was peer pressured to drink alcohol at a friend’s house), and I followed that discussion up with some specific techniques.

The concepts we talked about were:

  • Saying No
  • Steering Clear
  • Walking Away
  • Ignoring
  • Acting like a Broken Record (repeatedly saying No)
  • Making an Excuse (which every kid is good at, right?)
  • Stating the Facts (about why its a bad idea)
  • Reversing the Peer Pressure


We finished the class by spinning the peer pressure wheel. Each student had to read a scenario involving a peer pressure situation, and then they had to spin the wheel. Then the student had to act out solving the problem using whatever method the wheel landed on.

5th Grade – Gateway Bingo

My time with the 5th Grade was spent playing Gateway Bingo. The kids make a 4 x 4 bingo board out of facts about the gateway drugs (see picture), and I give away various STAR Program prizes to the winners (everyone wins at least once by the end of class). I gave away plenty of prizes and the kids got to hear a bunch of interesting facts about Marijuana, Alcohol and Tobacco.

Lots of fun prizes for Gateway Bingo!


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