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Lesson 6

Title: About Alcohol

Grade: 5
Time:  One Hour

Learning Outcomes:

After students complete this section, they will be able to:

  • define key words, alcohol, depressant, intoxicated, problem drinking, alcohol dependence, withdrawal
  • identify the short-term and long-term effects of alcohol on the body.
  • describe characteristics of problem drinkers.
  • identify common problems caused by alcohol.
  • identify places that problem drinkers and their families can find help.
  • list reasons why some people use alcohol.

Methods:

  1. Write key words on the chalkboard. Have students define these words using their textbooks (alcohol, depressant, intoxicated, problem drinking, alcohol dependence, withdrawal).
  2. Lecture: "About Alcohol".
  3. Have a class discussion about the reading. Include the following points:
    • What are some drinks that contain alcohol?
    • What are the short-term effects of alcohol?
    • What are the long-term effects of alcohol?
    • What are the problems with drinking alcohol?
    • What happens when a drinker loses control?
    • Where can problem drinkers and their families find help?
    • Why do some people use alcohol?
  4. Have students work with a partner to draw and label a diagram of the body showing the systems and organs that are affected by alcohol abuse. Beneath diagrams, the student should write several sentences describing the ways in which alcohol can damage the body.

Materials:

  • Teacher's Text
  • Blank paper and colored pencils for diagrams

Evaluation:

For homework, have students answer review questions. Collect next class. Assess students' understanding of the context by checking the answers.

Internet Resources:

http://kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/body/alcohol.html