Smoking: Grades 6-8

Light up middle schoolers' understanding of the monetary and health costs of smoking with two activities. First, class members calculate how much a smoker would spend in a year if they smoke a pack a week or a day. They then explore strategies for dealing with peer pressure centered around smoking.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Begin the lesson by showing and discussing the video "Smoking Stinks"
  • Divide the class into seven groups, assign each a different article to read, and report on to the entire class
  • Save the cost of printing the articles by loading them on student computers
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires copies of multiple handouts
  • Groups must have access to computers with internet
  • Be sensitive to the fact that some class members may have family members who are smokers
Pros
  • Includes discussion questions, templates for the handouts, a comprehension quiz, and an answer key
Cons
  • None