Smoking Takes Your Breath Away

Health Lesson By: Donna Thompson


Ninth Grade Level

What effect does smoking have on a person's body?

QCC Topic 2 - Alcohol, Tobacco, and other drugs: risk/prevention

NHS - #1

GTS - Basic skills and productivity

Goal Statement: The student will be aware of the health risks associated with smoking.

Objective: The student will describe how cigarette smoking contributes to health risk.

Anticipatory Set: Class will go into gym and each will be given a straw. They must run for three minutes while holding the straws in their mouths and breathing through the straws. Class will then discuss how their breathing was affected by being unable to breathe in as much air.

Teach Section

Concept: Smoking cigarettes immobilizes the cilia causing bronchitis, asthma, and later emphysema.

1. Nicotine is the most addictive drug.

2. Cigarettes contain arsenic, formaldehyde, and nicotine.

3. Smoking causes emphysema, lung cancer, and heart disease.

4. Smoking causes you to age more rapidly.

5. Lung cancer can spread to other parts of the body.

6. Smoking affects athletic performance.

Teacher Modeling: Students will be divided into groups of three. Each group will look up information on the Internet about the dangers and effects of cigarette smoking.

Student Activity: Using the inquiry strategy of teaching, the students in groups of three will pick one topic or area of concern about smoking and will do a small research paper and prepare a presentation. Presentations can be in the form of posters, power point presentations, or overhead slides. The students will use the Internet to find all the information needed.

Closure: Students will present presentations to the class. They will then summarize the important parts they learned.

Evaluation: Students will write a short essay highlighting things they learned from their research and from listening to other presentations.

Re-teach Section: Students will be shown a film on the dangers of smoking and then must take a short multiple choice quiz on the film.