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
- 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.