To Smoke or Not to Smoke

**Lung Kit needed for this lesson** Contact Liz Whitehead at to reserve the kit Students will describe the function of lungs, and the body system they are a part of. Students will compare a healthy lung to an unhealthy lung. Students will examine the effects of smoking tobacco on lungs. Students will apply math skills to real life situations. Students will collaborate to identify ways to avoid unhealthy situations. Students will create a product that displays “No Smoking” ideas. (posters, letters, skits, etc…)

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Content Area

  • Health
  • NVACS Mathematics
  • NVACS English Language Arts

Resource Type(s)

  • Lesson Plan


  • 3rd Grade


  • Health 3
  • English Language Arts 3

Standard(s)/Course Objective(s)

  • W.3.1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
  • W.3.1a - Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.
  • W.3.1b - Provide reasons that support the opinion.
  • W.3.1d - Provide a concluding statement or section.
  • W.3.4 - With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in W.3.1-3)
  • W.3.8 - Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
  • SL.3.1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SL.3.1b - Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).
  • SL.3.1c - Ask questions to check understanding of information presented, stay on topic, and link their comments to the remarks of others.
  • SL.3.1d - Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
  • SL.3.3 - Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
  • SL.3.4 - Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • NV 1.3.8a - Generate and solve two-step addition and subtraction problems and one-step multiplication problems based on practical situations.
  • SMP #1 - Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • SMP #6 - Attend to precision.
  • W.3.1c - Use linking words and phrases (e.g., because, therefore, since, for example) to connect opinion and reasons.
  • (3)2.1 - Categorize major organs for the following six body systems: skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, digestive, and respiratory.
  • (3)4.1 - Identify legal and illegal drugs including tobacco and alcohol.
  • (3)4.4 - Practice refusal skills when confronted with an unhealthy or dangerous situation involving alcohol, tobacco, unknown substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter drugs.
  • (3)4.5 - Identify positive and negative coping behaviors used when dealing with friends or family members who abuse alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • (3)6.6 - Describe how informed decisions regarding health behaviors develop positive health goals.

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