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Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
Refusal skills are communication strategies that help a person say "no" effectively:
1. State reasons - you don't have to apologize or defend your position, but if you wish to, state your reasons clearly.
Student Prior Knowledge:
Hand each student a piece of paper and a pencil. Show students the jar and have them guess the number of candies in the jar.
Remind students of the estimation techniques that you have learned in Math. Have them write the estimation down on their paper. Next, have each student work with a partner and compare answers. Each pair should agree on the guess and write it down. Continue the process in groups of 4, and then 8. When the class is basically divided in half, inform the class that the group with the closest estimation will receive the candy to divide evenly among themselves. Tell the students the number of candies in the jar.
1. How did you make your estimate?
After concluding the activity, introduce the concept of positive and negative peer pressure. Have the students list some types of positive peer pressure (any pressure that inspires you to do something worthwhile) and some types of negative peer pressre (pressure that could hurt you or others).
Talk about refusal skills.
Ask students, "How do you say no?"
Have the students get into groups of 3 or 4 and role play a situation where they may encounter negative peer pressure. Have the students practice refusal skills.
1. Define the term peer pressure in your own words.
2. What is the difference between negative and positive peer pressure?
3. List one example of positive peer pressure
4. List one example of negative peer pressure, and provide a refusal
5. List 3 people who can help you make good decisions and will
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