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Second Grade Curriculum

Hardin Elementary uses the Too Good for Drugs program for classroom guidance. This program contains five interwoven components which appear throughout the curriculum: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Bonding With Others, Identifying and Managing Emotions, and Communicating Effectively.


TGFD Second Grade

Classroom Guidance Objectives

Lesson 1: Dreams Can Come True

Objectives: The student will be able to:

Identify the importance of setting goals.

Describe ways to set and achieve goals.

Set a personal goal.

Rationale: Studies show that goal setting is a developmental asset which helps children to become resilient. By having children think about a goal they have already achieved, and about how they accomplished it, the lesson helps children gain a sense of self-efficacy and positive expectations for the future.

Lesson 2: Stop and Think

Objectives: The student will be able to:

Discuss the importance of stopping to think before making a decision.

Define consequences

Demonstrate predicting possible consequences.

Demonstrate how to make good decision.

Rationale: This lesson teaches children a simplified way to make decisions that can be expanded as their thinking skills develop: Stop and Think. In later grades, other steps will be added.

Lesson 3: Dealing with Frustration

Objectives: The student will be able to:

Define frustration; recognize and identify the feeling.

Describe frustration as normal, healthy response to new & challenging tasks.

List strategies for dealing with frustration

List people who can help.

Rationale: Frustration is a complex emotion, a blend of fear, sadness and anger. Because it is so complex, it is often hard for children to identify and even harder to cope with. Studies show that identifying and managing feelings is a developmental asset that helps children to lead healthy lives and to avoid drug use and other problem behaviors.

Lesson 4: Saying How You Feel

Objectives: The student will be able to:

Describe the difference between feelings and actions.

Demonstrate stating feelings clearly and directly with an I-message.

Differentiate between I-messages and You-messages.

Rationale: This lesson students to communicate feelings clearly and effectively. Studies show that children who can express strong emotions are less likely to act them out in negative ways. Effective communication is a developmental asset that helps children to be resilient and to avoid drug use and other problem behaviors.

Lesson 5: Dog Gone Good!

Objectives: The student will be able to:

Discuss how people are alike and how they are different.

Discuss his or her personal strengths.

Demonstrate giving and receiving compliments.

Rationale: This lesson teaches children to respect differences and to value their own and others' strengths. Students practice giving each other compliments based on personal strengths. Recognizing personal strengths boosts self-esteem and helps to increase resiliency.

Lesson 6: Be a Friend

Objectives: The student will be able to:

Describe how to choose a friend.

Describe how friends help each other.

Demonstrate asking for and offering help.

Demonstrate saying please and thank you.

Rationale: This lesson teaches positive qualities to look for when choosing a friend. Choosing positive friends is very important, since freiends influence each other strongly, especially as children grow older. This lesson also teaches social skills which are important developmental assets that increase a child's resiliency.

Lesson 7: A Peer Pressure Play

Objectives: The student will be able to:

Define peer pressure.

Discuss why it is important to refuse peer pressure.

Recite at least three ways to handle peer pressure.

Rationale: This lesson gives students an opportunity to practice making quick decisions and responding to the persuasion of others. children explain why they should say yes or no in each situation. Studies suggest that children are much more likely to transfer skills when they understand the reasons for using the skills. The lesson also provides specific strategies for handling peer pressure.

Lesson 8: A Message About Medicine

Objectives: The student will be able to:

Define drug.

Define over the counter and prescription drugs and dangers of misusing each.

Discuss the difference between medicine and candy.

List rules for safe use of prescription and over the counter drugs.

Rationale: This lesson teaches safe and appropriate ways to use prescription and over the counter drugs. It is important for children to know that medicines can be dangerous if they are not used properly.

Lesson 9: Because I Care

Objective: The student will be able to:

Recite at least three facts about tobacco.

Define second hand smoke.

Demonstrate polite ways to speak to smokees about second hand smoke.

Rationale: This lesson teaches children ways to avoid second hand smoke and adresses the social influence of family members who smoke. Second-hand smoke has been show to cause coughs, colds and other respiratory problems in children who live with smokers. Prolonged exposure to second hand smoke can cause emphysema, lung cancer and other diseases.

Lesson 10: A Game for Good Health

Objective: The student will be able to:

Define health.

List at least five healthy practices.

List at least five healthy foods.

Rationale: This lesson teaches children to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy behaviors. Because studies show that it is important to celebrate children's drug-free choices, the lesson includes a special awards ceremony.