Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

Consequences of Decisions

Objective
To learn to consider consequences when making decisions.

Background
Children in grades 4-6 are oriented toward the present. They tend to be most productive with short-term goals, short deadlines, and immediate rewards. At this age level, children are beginning to make decisions that can have long-term consequences, such as whether they will try to succeed in school, participate in arts or sports, and develop healthy friendships. They need to understand how decisions they make now about drugs and other things can affect them months or years from now.

Activities
Using the business section of your local newspaper, select examples of advertisements for various investment returns and interest rates.

Have students calculate the differences among returns and rates and determine which will make them the most money over a specific period of time. Then have students analyze advertisements for product warranties (example: automobiles), and discuss how decisions made now could affect the future. (Note: Calculating differences in these warranties is important to understanding this lesson.)

Resources
Newspaper clippings of advertisements for investment returns, interest rates, and product warranties.

Teacher Tips
• Depending on the age of the student and math curriculum, you may choose instead to compute percentages.

• The idea that decisions made relative to many aspects of life have consequences should be reinforced often with students of this age group.

Source
Learning to Live Drug-Free, A Curriculum Model for Prevention, U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program

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