My second to last visit of the year to Webster was this Friday; here is what we did:
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
- Walking Away
- Acting like a Broken Record (repeatedly saying No)
- Making an Excuse (which every kid is good at, right?)
- Coming up with A Better Idea
I tried to bring each strategy to life by giving some colorful examples. If the kids employ these tactics when they are peer pressured or influenced, they will be in a better position to make good decisions. We finished class by making a “Decision Making” cube (a paper 6 sided die), and the kids rolled their cubes for different scenarios that I read to the class.
5th Grade – Gateway Bingo
The 5th Grade also got to play a game: Gateway Bingo. The kids make a 4 x 4 bingo board out of facts about the gateway drugs (see picture) that we have talked about in class this year, and I give away various STAR Program prizes to the winners (everyone wins at least once by the end of class).
Its a nice way to review what we have talked about all year, and its an even better way to give away some prizes.