Texas educators can use these classroom lesson plans to engage 4th, 5th, and 6th graders during Red Ribbon Week in October. The plans are designed to teach students how to make healthy choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol and how to apply their knowledge by drafting substance abuse prevention legislation in their classroom and holding mock debates. These lesson plans address reading, writing, health, social studies, and new math Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as well as English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). See the TEKS on the Texas Education Agency's website for additional information. The Texas Department of State Health Services and Partnership for a Drug-Free Texas are excited to provide these resources in support of Red Ribbon events throughout the state.
- The Healthy Choices Lesson Plan was designed to be taught in two 45-minute lesson blocks, and teaches students how drug and alcohol use can be prevented by making healthy choices. Students will identify the biggest concerns they have about drug and alcohol use, discuss the dangers of new drugs that they may be seeing at school, and learn some positive ways to refuse these substances if they are offered. Teach this lesson first.
- The Legislative Lesson Plan was designed to be taught in three 45-minute lesson blocks, and teaches students how alcohol and drug use can be prevented through the legislative process. They will learn how laws are made, write a drug or alcohol prevention bill, and debate the bill before a mock legislature composed of their peers. The mock legislative sessions can be staged in the classroom.