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Teaching Tool - Vaping (Grade 6)

The purpose of this presentation is to teach students what electronic cigarettes are and the risks associated with their use.

Learning goals

  • I will gain a clear understanding of what electronic cigarettes are and how they work
  • I will be able to explain the risks of using electronic cigarettes
  • I will learn strategies to refuse their use

Core knowledge content

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

Ontario curriculum expectations

Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education (2019)

  • D1.2 describe the range of effects associated with using cannabis, other drugs (e.g. prescription medications such as opioids; illicit opioids such as heroin, crack, cocaine, Ecstasy, crystal methamphetamine), and intoxicating substances (e.g. gas, glue) (Substance Use, Addictions, and Related Behaviours). This specific expectation is also connected to the social emotional learning expectation A1.6 Thinking.
  • D1.4 identify people, resources, and services in the school and the community that can provide support when a person is dealing with mental health issues and choices or situations involving substance use and addictive behaviours, and describe how to access these supports (Mental Health Literacy). This specific expectation is also connected to the social emotional learning expectations A1.1 Emotion, A1.2 Coping, A1.6 Thinking.
  • D2.3 apply social-emotional learning skills (e.g. self-awareness and self-management skills, including anger management; communication skills, including listening skills and assertive-ness skills) to promote positive interaction and avoid or manage conflict in social situations, in person or online (e.g. classroom groups, groups of friends, sports teams, school clubs, social media sites, online games). (Personal Safety and Injury Prevention). This specific expectation is also connected to the social emotional learning expectations A1.1 Emotions, 1.2 Coping, 1.4 Relationships, 1.5 Self.
  • D2.4 use decision-making strategies and skills and an understanding of factors influencing drug use (e.g., personal values, peer pressure, media influence, curiosity, legal restrictions, cultural, religious, and spiritual teachings) to make safe personal choices about the use of drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis, and about activities such as vaping, including the choice to abstain. This specific expectation is also connected to the social emotional learning expectations A1.2 Coping, 1.4 Relationships, 1.5 Self, 1.6 Thinking.

Learning activities

Vaping presentation (essential)

This presentation introduces vaping, explains the different methods of vaping and the health effects.

Refusal skills

Students will brainstorm what influences their opinion on vapes or e-cigarettes, and why they would not want to use them.

Supplementary resources

Curriculum connections: Refusal skills

Drama - Ontario Arts Curriculum (2009)

  • B1.4 communicate feelings, thoughts, and ideas to a specific audience, using audio, visual, and/or technological aids to strengthen the impact on the viewer

Writing - Ontario Language Curriculum (2006)

  • 1.4 sort and classify information for their writing in a variety of ways that allow them to view information from different perspectives and make connections between ideas
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