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Lesson 27: The Pressure Cooker


In this lesson, students learn about the pressure to use tobacco and alcohol. The metaphor of a pressure cooker helps them consider how pressure looks, sounds and feels. Students brainstorm what people might say and do to pressure them to use tobacco, alcohol or other drugs and the feelings this can cause. They review the dangers of tobacco and alcohol use and talk about how healthy friends won’t pressure them to do something that could hurt them.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe what people say and do when they pressure others.
  2. Describe how they feel when they are pressured by their friends.

SEL Connection

  • self-awareness

Time: 40 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-3: Avoid the use of alcohol.
  • T-1: Avoid using (or experimenting with) any form of tobacco.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
  • Performance Indicator 2.5.3: Identify how peers can influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
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