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

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  • W.5.1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
  • W.5.1a - Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose.
  • W.5.1b - Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
  • W.5.1c - Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).
  • W.5.1d - Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.
  • W.5.4 - 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 W.5.1-3.)
  • W.5.8 - Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
  • SL.5.1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SL.5.1b - Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
  • SL.5.1c - Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.
  • SL.5.1d - Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.
  • SL.5.4 - Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • NV 1.5.7.b - Multiply and divide decimals by whole numbers in problems representing practical situations.
  • NV 1.5.8 - Generate and solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems using whole numbers and decimals in practical situations.
  • SMP #1 - Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • SMP #6 - Attend to precision.
  • (5)2.1 - Identify the structures and functions of the following body systems: skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory/cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, immune, and endocrine. *
  • (5)4.1 - Explain the short and long term effects of legal and illegal drugs and other substances on various body systems.
  • (5)4.3 - Explain drug addiction, including alcohol and tobacco.
  • (5)4.4 - Practice refusal skills when confronted with an unhealthy or dangerous situation involving alcohol, tobacco, unknown substances, prescriptions, and over-the-counter drugs.
  • (5)4.5 - Discuss the importance of using positive coping behaviors when dealing with friends or family members who abuse alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • (5)6.2 - Explain preventative measures to protect from illness/disease.
  • (5)6.4 - Predict how decisions regarding health behaviors may have positive and negative consequences on self and others.
  • (5)6.6 - Develop short and long-term health goals.

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