Bicycle Day’s Dilemma – this iMinds instructional outline uses excerpts from Albert Hofmann’s writings about his discovery of, and experiences with, LSD to challenge students to think critically about the benefits and risks associated with substance use and how we manage those in our society.
Cocoa-nomics: Who Benefits? Who Pays? – this iMinds lesson idea encourages students to explore issues related to the cocoa industry particularly in West Africa where over 70% of the cocoa comes from. A teacher’s guide and a student handout are available.
Cycles – this film-based resource, developed at UBC, encourages teens to talk openly and honestly about why some young people use cannabis (marijuana). Resources include a 28-min video in English and a version with French sub-titles as well as a facitator’s guide in both English and French.
Debating Drug Policy – this iMinds 6-lesson module (including teachers guide and black-line masters) helps students develop their critical thinking skills while learning about and performing formal debates on the use of alcohol and other drugs.
Débattre la politique des drogues – ce module de 6 leçons iMindsaide les élèves à développer leur esprit critique tout en découvrant et en prenant part à des débats formels sur la consommation d’alcool et d’autres drogues. Le module comprend le matériel de base, des plans dⅱapprentissage et des documents à reproduire.
Drugs and Driving – this 6-lesson resource for Grade 10-12 classrooms is designed to promote literacy about the impact of alcohol and other drugs on perception, coordination and other aspects of safe driving. The resource features a range of dialogue-centred learning activities, web apps, and a free iPhone app to inform students as they develop a social marketing strategy for addressing drug-impaired driving in their community.
Examining Gambling – this iMinds lesson idea deconstructs a number of commercial marketing pieces related to gambling as well as a social marketing site to engage students in thinking critically about social messages and concepts and their influence on individual and community well-being. A set of teaching slides with images and dialogue questions is provided.
Gambling in Canada This iMinds instructional outline and handout uses 2009 data from Statistics Canada to explore the gambling landscape in Canada. Students are encouraged to think about the factors that might explain the relative popularity of different forms of gambling in different regions and among different populations in Canada. What might our gambling tell us about ourselves?
Gambling and Stigma – This iMinds instructional outline aims to engage students in exploring various issues related to gambling and stigma and challenge them to consider the potential impacts stigma might have on different groups of people: those who gamble, those with gambling problems, and the people around them.
Is the Stock Market Gambling? – Some people suggest, ↑Investing in the stock market is just like gambling at a casino.↱ Investing and gambling both involve risk and choice. This iMinds lesson idea explores the similarities and differences between gambling and the stock market at the core of our economic system.
Lahal Game (coming soon) -This traditional Indigenous gambling game is used in this iMinds lesson outline to explore attitudes and ideas related to gambling. Using reflection, video and inquiry the lesson explores ethical and cultural issues related to gambling.
The Lottery – Shirley Jackson’s famous 1948 short story can provide an opportunity for meaningful exploration of issues related to gambling even though, as Homer Simpson discovered to his chagrin, it is not about gambling or lotteries in our sense. This iMinds lesson provides teachers with ideas for facilitating learning opportunities.
Material Wealth and Gambling – This iMinds instructional outline aims to encourage students to critically think about issues such as wealth inequality and our relationship to material goods, and social values and how these may impact gambling behaviour.
Rum and Spirits – this iMinds lesson idea explores the intersection of rum, religion and cultural identity in the Afro-Caribbean experience drawing on history and music. A teacher’s guide and student handout are available.
Selling Tobacco to Women – this iMinds lesson idea challenges students to think about the way tobacco and other psychoactive substances are marketed and, in particular, to consider the role of gender in both marketing and social attitudes. A teacher’s guide and a student handout are available.
Women and Alcohol – this iMinds lesson idea deconstructs a CBC documentary and other marketing pieces to explore social concepts and health issues related to women and alcohol. A teacher’s guide with links to other resources is available.
Youth Voices on Marijuana – this iMinds instructional outline provides a variety of strategies for engaging students in meaningful conversations about cannabis. The lesson draws on the Blunt Talk report published by the McCreary Society and, in particular, quotes from students taking the Adolescent Health Survey.