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Lesson 13: You Can Resist Peer Pressure and Dares


This lesson teaches refusal skills for resisting dares. Students discuss what kids may do to fit in and explore the idea of peer pressure. They consider how thinking ahead can help them avoid pressure situations, and learn words and actions they can use to refuse to engage in risky behaviors suggested by peers. They practice their refusal skills in teams using roleplays. They take home a mini-poster to reinforce the idea of not taking dares and remind them of the refusal skills they’ve learned.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to promote safety and avoid or reduce injury by refusing dares.
  2. Demonstrate effective peer resistance skills to avoid or reduce injury by refusing dares.

SEL Connection

  • self-management
  • relationship skills

Time: 50 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
  • Performance Indicator 2.5.3: Identify how peers can influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
  • Standard 4: Communication
  • Performance Indicator 4.5.2: Demonstrate refusal skills that avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.5.3: Demonstrate a variety of behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.
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