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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  • Health
  • NVACS Mathematics
  • NVACS English Language Arts

Resource Type(s)

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  • 4th Grade


  • Health 4
  • Mathematics 4
  • English Language Arts 4

Standard(s)/Course Objective(s)

  • W.4.1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
  • W.4.1a - Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
  • W.4.1b - Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
  • W.4.1c - Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).
  • W.4.1d - Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
  • W.4.4 - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in W.4.1-3.)
  • W.4.8 - Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
  • SL.4.1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SL.4.1b - Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
  • SL.4.1c - Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.
  • SL.4.1d - Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
  • SL.4.3 - Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
  • SL.4.4 - Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • NV 1.4.8 - Generate and solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems using whole numbers in practical situations.
  • NV 3.4.4.a - Determine totals for monetary amounts in practical situations.
  • NV 3.4.4.b - Use money notation to add and subtract given monetary amounts.
  • SMP #1 - Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • SMP #6 - Attend to precision.
  • NV 1.4.7.b - Multiply and divide multi-digit numbers by a one-digit whole number with regrouping.
  • (4)2.1 - Explain how the six major body systems (skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory/cardiovascular, digestive, and respiratory) work and how they function together.
  • (4)4.1 - Identify the effects of drugs and other substances on various body systems.
  • (4)4.3 - Discuss how decisions regarding substance use and abuse have consequences for self and others.
  • (4)4.4 - Practice refusal skills when confronted with an unhealthy or dangerous situation involving alcohol, tobacco, unknown substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter drugs.
  • (4)4.5 - Discuss the importance of using positive coping behaviors when dealing with friends or family members who abuse alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • (4)6.2 - Describe how decisions regarding health behaviors can prevent illness/disease and promote good health.
  • (4)6.4 - Describe how lifestyle choices affect personal health, such as smoking, overeating, and physical inactivity.
  • (4)6.6 - Describe how informed decisions regarding health behaviors develop positive health goals.

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