Caution: Thin Ice!

Sixth graders listen to a story titled "Thin Ice!" then partake in a whole-class discussion asking and answering questions about what was read. Scholars brainstorm risky behaviors in preparation for a game of RISKO—a game similar to BINGO. Learners compose a brief narrative describing their new-found knowledge about risky behaviors.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Brainstorm ways class members can stop risky behavior from occurring
  • Discuss peer pressure and the importance of not falling into it by staying strong and standing up for one's self
  • Invite the principal to speak to the class about the consequences of risky behaviors
Classroom Considerations
  • The first of three lessons focus on responsible decision-making
  • The lesson may be conducted by a teacher or counselor
Pros
  • Encourages pupils to make smart decisions that keep them safe
  • Provides writing, speaking, and listening practice
Cons
  • None
Common Core