Responsible Decision Making- iminds Grade 5

iMinds helps students develop awareness of themselves, their relationships and their environment. iMinds also helps them acquire the skills to manage all those dimensions that impact on their health and wellness. By addressing all three areas, students develop healthy connectedness—a sense of both autonomy and social belonging.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (drugs) – this iMinds instructional idea uses Roald Dahl’s famous book to explore “drugs that excite our brains.” Students will explore the reasons we sometimes lose control when doing things that have both benefits and risks and how to build their capacity to enjoy the benefits without experiencing harm.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (gambling) – Roald Dahl’s famous story provides a great entry for discussing issues related to gambling. This iMinds instructional idea provides teachers with everything they need to begin the conversation including a visual and a student worksheet.

Emotions, Metaphors and Gambling – This iMinds instructional outline and student handout uses a wonderful metaphor-laden children’s story, The Red Tree (2001) by Shaun Tan, to begin a conversation about the depth and complexity of human emotions.

Probability and Games of Chance – Playing games of chance is an activity that can involve the use of mathematical concepts like probability. This instructional outline is meant to help students develop an understanding of basic probability concepts and how they can be applied to think critically about gambling.

Tales of a Gambling Grandma – this heartwarming story provides a foundation for an iMinds lesson idea on gambling. The story offers many opportunites to explore issues related to gambling in a gentle fun way.

Thinking about Bingo – This iMinds instructional outline uses Bingo as a teaching tool to discuss gambling and open up a conversation with students around how we need to learn how to be aware of our emotions and develop ways to manage them.

Treat Island – in this 5-lesson unit from iMinds, students compare the role of sugar in our society with the role of medications and other drugs. By the end of the unit, students know more about self-management techniques and how to find help with problems. Module includes background material, lesson plans, and black-line masters.

We Are All Change Makers – this iMinds lesson idea explores school connectedness and student engagement through an applied inquiry based on a Margaret Wheatley poem. A teacher’s guide and student handout are available.

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