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Teaching Tool - Vaping (Grade 7)

This presentation teaches students what electronic cigarettes are and the risks associated with their use.

  • 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 demonstrate an understanding of linkages between mental health problems and problematic substance use, as well as between brain development and cannabis use, and identify school and community resources that can provide support for mental health concerns relating to substance use, addictions, and related behaviours (Substance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours). This specific expectation is also connected to the social emotional learning expectations A1.2 Coping, A1.4 Relationships, and A1.6 Thinking.
  • D3.2 analyse the personal and societal implications of issues related to substance use, addictions, and related behaviours (Substrance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours). This specific expectation is also connected to the social emotional learning expectation A1.6 Thinking

Learning activities

Vaping presentation (essential)

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

Wants vs. Needs vs. Addiction

For this activity, there will be 4 corners set up in the classroom needs, wants, addiction, unsure. The teacher will read a list of objects and activities, and the students will walk to the corner that best describes the situation and/or example.

Safe lungs, safe life posters

Students will be able to create posters by selecting or creating their own slogan for vaping prevention.

Supplementary resources

Curriculum connections

Visual Art - Ontario Arts Curriculum (2009): Safe lungs, safe life poster

  • D1.1 create art works, using a variety of traditional forms and current media technologies, that express feelings, ideas, and issues, including opposing points of view
  • D1.3 use elements of design in art work to communicate ideas, messages, and understandings for a specific audience and purpose
  • D1.4 use a variety of materials, tools, techniques, and technologies to determine solutions to increasingly complex design challenges (e.g., drawing, mixed media, printmaking, technology)

Oral communication - Ontario Language Curriculum (2006): Wants vs. needs. vs. addictions

  • 1.6 extend understanding of oral texts, including increasingly complex text, by connecting, comparing, and contrasting the ideas and information in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights

Media literacy - Ontario Language Curriculum (2006): Safe lungs, safe life poster

  • 3.4 produce a variety of media texts of some technical complexity for specific purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions, and techniques
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