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.

What's Your Vote?

Objective
Examine Models and Examples:
 
Distinguish between characteristics that prevent vs. promote drug use and violence including: caring vs. selfishness, participation vs apathy

Background
Student considers a variety of behaviors are helpful or hurtful.

Activities
Give each student two paper plates. Direct them to draw a 'Y' on one and an 'N' on the other with crayons or markers.

Read aloud each statement from the Teacher Resource Sheet "Yes or No Statements." Direct students to raise the "Y" plate if they believe the action should be taken or the "N" plate if they believe it should not.

For each "No" statement, ask students to explain why this action is inappropriate and how it might hurt someone or something.

Encourage students to talk about how they would feel if they were in the situations described. Ask students to provide examples of positive actions that could be taken instead, and contrast how those actions would change their feelings about the situation.Review or rewrite class rules.

Discuss how these rules help us to show respect for one another. Challenge students to perform a good deed for someone that afternoon or evening.

Resources
Paper plates (two per student), Crayons or markers,"Yes or No Statements".

Teacher Tips
• Create additional statements to lengthen this lesson. • Ask students to share their good deeds the next day in class.

Source
Division of No Child Left Behind Program Coordination, Texas Education Agency, Texas D.A.V.E.

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