Teaching Tool - Cannabis (Elementary)

This lesson teaches students what cannabis is and the risks associated with its use.

Target audience: students in Grades 5 to 8
Length of core content presentation: Varies on activity
Materials needed: Listed with each activity

Criteria Met

Grade Ontario Curriculum Codes
5 Health and Physical Education (2019) D2.3, D3.3
6 Health and Physical Education (2019) D1.2, D2.4
7 Health and Physical Education (2019) D1.2, D3.2
8 Health and Physical Education (2019) D1.3


In facilitating this lesson, the teacher will:

  • Explain cannabis and its appeal to youth
  • Describe the risks of using cannabis
  • Teach students appropriate refusal skills


By the end of this lesson, students will:

  • Gain a clear understanding of what cannabis is and how it is used
  • Gain an understanding of reasons for use and non-use among youth
  • Be able to describe the risks of using cannabis and understand ways to refuse its use
  • Gain an understanding of legislation

Core Knowledge Content

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

Learning Activities

Cannabis Presentation (essential)

Cannabis Trivia

Pressure's On

Factors of Cannabis Use

Differing Abilities

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