The first lesson called "Over the Counter and Prescription Medicine" teaches students drugs are powerful chemicals that change the way our bodies work. These can be good or bad, illegal or legal, prescription or Over-the-Counter (OTC) or street drugs. This lesson uses thinking maps and Kagan structures to help keep students interested, engaged and focused on the similarities and differences in prescription drugs and over the counter drugs. I have used this lesson with 3rd, but it could easily be used with 4th, 5th and possibly 6th with some adjustments. Depending on your discussion and use student thinking maps, this could be be two 30-45 minute lessons. Included here is the PowerPoint and lesson plan.
My RRW Overview
After hanging up class pledges, I put ribbons and safety pins in mailboxes for teachers to pass out on Monday. On the Monday of RRW my 5th grade Leadership students and any of their parents who would like to help, show up an hour before school to tie red ribbons on all the poles in the parent and bus loop and all the poles outside our classrooms. (We are in Florida, we are an "outside" school.) Afterwards, we have a doughnut and juice breakfast before sending them off to class.
brief summary message I wrote using information off the internet from the Camarena Club to explain the reason Red Ribbon Week was started.
With more standardized testing and Common Core pressure on classroom teachers, I have severely cut back our RRW activities to just the dress up days, wearing ribbons, class pledge, my classroom lessons, and morning messages. These are about all my faculty can handle and for these I get support.
To me, RRW is all about increasing awareness of using medication correctly and wisely, focusing on healthy choices and lifestyles, and learning to handle peer pressure. RRW is not something for I which we have any school generated data, but we know students who make good choices, lead a healthy life and resist peer pressure are going to do better in school. Now if I could only figure out how to show that with data!
For more RRW lessons check out this link to primary and intermediate lessons I have previously shared.
Enjoy your RRW!