Medication Responsibility | Ophea Teaching Tools

    Medication Responsibility

    Activity Card 1
    30 Minutes
    Topics: Critical Thinking, Prescription and Non-prescription Medication, Personal Responsibility
    Activity Overview

    Children will examine healthy and unhealthy habits related to prescription and non-prescription medication.


    The educator observes children’s ability to identify the differences between prescription and non-prescription medicine.


    Paper, Scenario, T-Chart, Venn Diagram

    Minds On

    As a large group use a Venn Diagram to explore the differences and similarities between prescription and non-prescription medicines. Be sure to clarify the differences between prescription and non-prescription medications as required. Next, brainstorm the different types of medications that children know about and which area of the diagram they would go in. Record children’s responses in the correct area of the diagram.

    Working in pairs, have children identify ways they can take responsibility around medications to ensure that medication is used as safely as possible, no matter the location (including home and school).


    Pairs identify actions they can take to prevent or treat health problems in ways other than using medicine.

    Working as a large group, record children’s responses in a T-chart, with columns labeled "Healthy Habits" and "Healthy Results." Fill in the chart as children explain how a healthy habit can lead to a healthy result, for example:

    • Don’t smoke and avoid cigarette smoke: Non-smokers have healthy lungs and don’t get sick as much as people who smoke.
    • Wear sunscreen: Protection against the Sun’s harmful rays reduces the risk of sunburns.
    • Brush teeth regularly: Avoid cavities.

    Working in pairs, children respond to the following scenario.

    Barb was diagnosed with a heart condition and has to take a special prescription medication three times a day. Barb is embarrassed to leave class to take the prescription medication during school because she is worried her classmates will make fun of her. She often “forgets” to take her medication.

    1. How do you think Barb’s decision may affect her health?
    2. Do you think Barb is being responsible? Why? Why not?
    3. How could Barb make a safer decision?
    4. Have children write a letter to Barb identifying safer decisions she could be making.