Elementary School Prevention Curriculum

The Following Programs Are Free Of Charge 

Healthy Alternatives For Little Ones (HALO) 

This program is designed to address risk and protective factors for substance abuse and other health behaviors, by providing children with information on healthy choices. HALO is an evidence-based program that encourages healthy eating, exercise, and emotion recognition, and educates children about the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) on the body. HALO provides learning opportunities for children through fun, hands-on activities that involve educational songs, videos, group activities, and books.

Suggested Schedule:

8 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

Pre-K – 2nd Grade

Leaps & Bounds

This is a curriculum developed in support of the Alberta Learning Program of Studies. This program focuses on improving and practicing positive health behaviors, and cover concepts such as safety rules, healthy alternatives to alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and gambling, the importance of personal goals and role models, the benefits of healthy choices, the effects of positive and negative peer influence, and the importance of recognizing personal skills and assets. Leaps and Bounds is designed with objectives and activities for a hands-on informative experience.

Suggested Schedule:

6-8 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

3rd – 6th Grades

Life Skills Training

This is a developmentally appropriate program that improves personal self-management, general social skills, and drug resistance. It has been proven to promote self-esteem, healthy attitudes, and learning skills that will promote healthy and positive development. Included within each lesson is a student guide with informational pieces as well as activities to create a pro-active impact.

Suggested Schedule:

8 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

3rd – 6th Grades

I Can Problem Solve

This is a developmentally appropriate program that improves personal self-management, general social skills, and drug resistance. It has been proven to promote self-esteem, healthy attitudes, and learning skills that will promote healthy and positive development. Included within each lesson is a student guide with informational pieces as well as activities to create a pro-active impact.

Suggested Schedule:

2-3x/week for 3-5 months; 5-20 minute lessons 

Grades:

Pre-K – 6th Grades

Over The Counter Medicine Safety

This is a Scholastic evidence-based program designed to instruct students on the safe use of OTC medications. OTC Medicine Safety includes resources and engaging educational activities specifically designed for students to increase their knowledge and responsibility about OTC medicines. Lessons define what OTC medicine safety means, teach students how to read a drug facts label, measure and store medicines, education regarding medicine misuse and harms, and true to real-life scenarios for students to practice what they have learned about medicine safety.

Suggested Schedule:

5 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

5th & 6th Grades

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Opioid Program

This is a PowerPoint presentation designed for students to examine the reasons people turn to opioid use and misuse, and act as investigative reporters to consider the who, what, when, where, why, and how of opioid use and misuse. They will also investigate how the opioid epidemic may be impacting their own community.

Suggested Schedule:

4 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

3rd – 6th Grades

Too Good For Drugs

TGFD is an evidence-based program to promote healthy decision-making and positive, healthy, youth development. TGFD teaches students about goal-setting, decision- making, bonding with others, identifying and managing emotions, and communicating effectively. In addition, the curriculum includes information about the harmful effects of the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs on students’ bodies and minds. The curriculum is engaging and educational, utilizing hands-on activities, such as, group work, games, and role-playing activities. Please note that the Too Good for Drugs program correlates with the Pennsylvania Health Education Content Standards.

Suggested Schedule:

10 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

Kindergarten – 6th Grades

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder 

The NOFAS FASD Education and Prevention Curriculum is a comprehensive, school-based curriculum that addresses many important topics for students beyond Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and what can happen to human development when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol. It teaches about the overall effects that alcohol can have on the body, why some people who drink alcohol become addicted while others do not, and acceptance of all people regardless of individual capabilities or disabilities.

Suggested Schedule:

1 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

Kindergarten – 6th Grades

Weeding Things Out

The Truth about Marijuana is a program that helps younger students develop a fundamental understanding of what addiction is, the difference between drugs and medication, the difference between adult use and use by young people and the very basics of marijuana.

Suggested Schedule:

1 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

5th & 6th Grades

CATCH 

The CATCH My Breath E-Cigarette and Juul Prevention Program provides students with the skills to resist peer pressure and media influences to try e- cigarettes. The overall goal of the program is to prevent the initiation of e- cigarette use among preteen and teen adolescents through educational strategies such as, social emotional learning, peer-facilitated cooperative learning groups, large group discussions, analysis of mass media, and goal setting.

Suggested Schedule:

4 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

5th & 6th Grades

Why Animals Don’t Smoke 

This is a non-curriculum-based tobacco prevention program. Story boards and animal puppets reinforce with children the dangers of tobacco and its effect on the body.

 

Suggested Schedule:

1 Classroom Session

Grades:

Pre-K – 1st Grades

Why Athletes Don’t Smoke 

This is a non-curriculum-based tobacco prevention program. This program discusses why athletes of all kinds, from skateboarders to dancers to basketball players, should say no to tobacco and how tobacco can affect the body.

 

Suggested Schedule:

1 Classroom Session

Grades:

1st – 3rd Grades

Resilience For Youth

The Resilience for Youth Program is a social-emotional resilience-based curriculum that teaches skills for increase of academic success and solution for prevention of violence and truancy. This programming utilizes videos, activities, and journals to engage every type of learning style.

Suggested Schedule:

6-8 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

6th Grade

Wise Owls Drug Safety Kit

This is a prevention approach using an animated three video lesson based on healthy decisions related to drugs and medicine. This interactive method uses questions as the base of the three videos which features Wise Owl and his niece Wendy and descriptive problem-solving solutions. Poster’s, games, and activities are all apart of the lesson objectives.

Suggested Schedule:

3 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

Kindergarten – 3rd Grades

Kids Don’t Gamble…Wanna Bet?

This is an innovative program designed to discourage underage gambling and to improve critical thinking and problem solving related to gambling. The curriculum explores age-appropriate, real- world issues associated with games of chance within the context of math, language, health, and social studies.

Suggested Schedule:

5 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

3rd – 6th Grades

We Better Know

This is an alcohol, tobacco, other drug, and gambling (ATODG) prevention program that offers interactive hands-on lessons about media influence, the disease of addiction, decision making and refusal skills while also raising student’s awareness of all forms of addiction including gambling.

Suggested Schedule:

5 Classroom Sessions

Grades:

4th – 6th Grades