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Lesson 10: Understanding Risk Taking


This lesson helps students explore the concept of risk and risk taking. After reading two articles that describe how young people were injured due to risky behaviors, they discuss what it means to take a risk and explore what makes a risk challenging but safe, and what makes a risk dangerous. They work in teams to complete an activity sheet to brainstorm and categorize both good and bad risks, and complete a second activity sheet individually to affirm their ability to choose safe risks and avoid dangerous risks that can lead to injuries or other problems. They take home a family sheet to help them talk about risks with their parents or guardians.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify reasons people take risks.
  2. Explain the difference between good risks and bad risks. 
  3. List examples of dangerous or risky behaviors that might lead to injuries.

SEL Connection

  • self-management

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • S-3: Use safety equipment appropriately and correctly.
  • S-4: Apply safety rules and procedures to avoid risky behaviors and injury.
  • S-5: Avoid safety hazards in the home and community.
  • S-6: Recognize and avoid dangerous surroundings.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.4: Describe ways to prevent common childhood injuries and health problems.
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