Peer Pressure: Grades 6-8

Middle schoolers practice techniques they can use to get safely out of uncomfortable situations involving peer pressure. One activity engages class members in role-playing two scenarios; the first modeling negative peer pressure, while the second models positive peer pressure. A Great Escapes activity asks individuals to craft comebacks that would permit them to escape from sticky situations. The lesson ends with a quiz that checks individuals understand of the material.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the quiz as an exit ticket
  • Divide the class into groups, assign each a different Great Escape comeback, and have them create a poster of their suggested quick quips
Classroom Considerations
  • Although designed for health classes, the activities are appropriate for general classrooms as well
  • Requires internet connected computers
  • Each of the activities includes extension suggestions
  • An answer key for the quiz is included
  • Includes links to age-appropriate articles
  • None