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Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs: Grades 3- 5

Objective - To recall significant personal life events and identify future goals Duration One or two 45-minute periods Materials . . .

Objective

  • To recall significant personal life events and identify future goals

Duration

One or two 45-minute periods

Materials

Chalkboard or chart paper, chalk or magic marker, legal-sized paper for each student

Activity

  • Draw a timeline on the board for the school year. Include special events planned for each month.
  • Define the word "goal" with the help of the group. Discuss that important events can be planned by setting realistic goals.
  • Brainstorm traits needed to set and reach personal goals (for example, self-confidence, determination, courage).
  • Distribute a piece of legal-sized paper to each child. Have them draw a timeline from the time they began school through age 18.
  • Have the children write or draw past events (such as births, moves, achievements) and goals for their future.
  • Ask the children to pick a goal and write a paragraph about what they think they will need to complete this goal.
  • Ask for volunteers to describe one goal (read the paragraph).
  • Talk about how alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs would interfere with completion of these goals or be an obstacle to achievements. Include a discussion of the harmful effects of drugs.

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