Thanks, nature. We love snow, we don't love it though when it interferes with our programming at our schools. However, we do know that sometimes life happens. Yesterday, January 25th, we enjoyed a snow day. We were unable to make it to South Kortright for our second week of Too Good For Drugs.
Each week while updating our blog, we are going to highlight one of the lessons that our educators will be teaching that week. This week we are highlighting the 3rd-grade curriculum. One of the beautiful aspects of Too Good For Drugs is the way the material gets presented, this week features an interactive play involving the whole class. The goal of the lesson is to reinforce the aspects of positive decision vs negative decision related to substances and how those substances affect the body.
The lesson follows a simple outline, first we define what a drug is. The definition we use for a drug is, "anything that changes how the body works". This usually leads to a discussion involving medicine and the correct way to use it versus the incorrect way to use it. From there we jump into the interactive play involving the students.
The students essentially become the different body parts. In part 1 of the play, we have a brain, a heart, 2 lungs, a liver, and a stomach that all explain their functions when the body is being taken care of: proper diet, proper rest, and good choices. In part 2 of the play, we look at what happens to the body when we don't take care of it, lack of rest, poor hygiene, lack of nutrition, and taking substances incorrectly. The students act out how each body part becomes affected.
At the end of the lesson, the students usually feel quite empowered to make good choices. The strength of this program is the ability the students have to make their own choice. We never force them into doing anything, we present them with the information allow them to make the choice. Because afterall, that is our goal. We want every student to be "Empowered By Choice."