Costly Choices | Ophea Teaching Tools

    Costly Choices

    Junior (Grades 4-6)
    Activity Description

    Students explore the short-term and long-term effects of tobacco use on both physical health and finances over time.

    Learning Goals

    I can explain the effects of smoking on physical health and finances over time.

    Curriculum Expectations
    C2 Making healthy choices, C3 Making connections to healthy eating

    Cross-Curricular Expectations

    Language: Oral Communication, Reading

    Mathematics (Gr.4-6): Number Sense and Numeration

    Materials
      • Article (see attachments)

      • Information Sheet (see attachments)

      • KWL Chart/Graphic Organizer (see attachments)

    Key Concepts
    Prior Knowledge and Skills
    • How to use a KWL Chart

    • Harmful consequences of smoking

    Minds On
    • Teacher co-creates KWL Chart with students by having them Think-Pair-Share about what they think they know about tobacco use and what they wonder (questions).
    • Teacher asks students to reflect on what the connections might be between smoking, health and money (finances). The ideas are added to the class KWL Chart.
    Action
    • Teacher divides students into groups and introduces two learning centres. In one, an article has students learn about what goes into manufacturing cigarettes and their short and long-term health risks. In another, an information sheet shows students the cost of cigarettes. They use the information to calculate how much a smoker could spend over a period of 1, 15 and 40 years.
    • Students complete both activities in groups using the KWL Chart/Graphic Organizer worksheet.
    Consolidation
    • Teacher leads class discussion about making healthy choices. This information is added to the class KWL Chart.
    • Students share their calculations of cigarette costs over time (1, 15 and 40 years) and discuss financial implications.
    Debrief
    • After learning about the short and long-term health and financial implications of smoking, what would you say to someone who feels peer pressure to smoke?
    • Think about the cost of smoking over more than 10 years and reflect on the impact that could have on someone’s well-being.
    Extended Learning
    • How can decisions that affect our health be connected to our financial well-being?
    • How can smoking affect someone’s financial life in the present and future?