Costly Habits | Ophea Teaching Tools

    Costly Habits

    Intermediate (Grades 9-12)
    Activity Description

    Students reflect on addictive behaviours and how they can have personal, health and financial implications. Students also explore the importance of stress management.

    Learning Goals

    I can reflect on how addictive behaviours have personal, health and financial implications. I can consider healthy ways to cope with stress.

    Curriculum Expectations
    C2 Making healthy choices, C3 Making connections for healthy living

    Cross-Curricular Expectations

    Language: Oral Communication, Reading, Media Literacy

    Mathematics (Gr.7-8): Number Sense and Numeration

    Materials
      • Chart Paper

      • Infographics

      • Laptop/computer

      • SMART Board

      • Websites

      • Idea Web (see attachments)

      • Costly Habits Take-Home Activity (see attachments)

    Key Concepts
    Prior Knowledge and Skills
    • Addictive behaviours (e.g. video gaming, online gambling, drug use, alcohol use, tobacco use)

    Minds On
    • Students work in small groups to brainstorm ideas, opinions and experiences related to addictive behaviours. Ideas are organized in an Idea Web.
    • Teacher leads discussion connecting addictive behaviours and stress management.
    Action
    Consolidation
    • Groups share what they have learned using the information gathered and explain the personal, health and financial implications in a short presentation.
    • Students evaluate what they have learned and discuss alternative decisions that would support a healthier lifestyle.
    Debrief
    • What are some healthier alternatives to substance abuse or addictive behaviours to cope with stress?
    • Describe factors that influence addictive behaviours.
    • Create a PSA, poster or brochure to share your learning about addictive behaviours and how we can make decisions that promote a healthy lifestyle.
    Extended Learning
    • Costly Habits Take-Home Activity (see attachments)