Teaching Tool - Be Smart, Don't Start

This presentation teaches students about the effects of drugs such as nicotine, caffeine, medications and alcohol.

Target audience: students in Grade 3
Length of core content presentation: 50 minutes

Criteria Met

Grade Ontario Curriculum Codes
3 Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education (2019) D1.3, D2.3


In delivering this presentation, the teacher will:

  • Engage students in discussion and activities that present the harmful effects of drugs, including medications
  • Create an environment in which students feel comfortable asking questions about drugs


By the end of this presentation, students will:

  • Identify the risks and effects of drugs, including nicotine, caffeine, medications and alcohol
  • Learn safe practices for taking medication
  • Practice strategies for personal safety, empowering them to make healthy choices

Core Knowledge Content

Core knowledge content provides the teacher with the background information needed to prepare and teach this health class.

Learning Activities

Let's talk about drugs (essential)

Be smart, don't start (essential)

Why I won't start

I am a media detective

Opportunities to Extend Learning

Class project

  • Anti-drug Campaign: Have students create an anti-drug campaign in the form of a poster or skit that they can share with other classes in the school or post throughout the school. Students can include information about drugs and their negative health and/or social effects, strategies for making healthy choices, resources, etc. This can be used as a formal assessment and can be coupled with Language and Arts curriculum.
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