CORE PROGRAM (5th Grade)

The lessons offer a variety of interactive, role playing and cooperative learning activities which are designed to encourage students to solve problems of major importance in their lives. The following are the objectives for each of the 9 core lessons:


LESSON #1:  Purposes and Overview of D.A.R.E. Program

Students are introduced to the D.A.R.E. program and the D.A.R.E. Decision-making Model.  Students practice skills used in decision-making and reflect on their learning in their D.A.R.E. Planner. 

LESSON #2: Tobacco and You

This lesson focuses on normative beliefs about the use of tobacco by youth.  Tobacco facts are used to design tobacco-warning labels, which are shared with the class.  Journal entries reflect the learning. 

LESSON #3: Smoke Screen

Students apply tobacco and marijuana facts in a variety of situations using the D.A.R.E. Decision-making Model.  Students are introduced to the purpose of advertising.  Journal entries reinforce discussions of the affects tobacco has on the body.  

LESSON #4: Alcohol and You

Students work through a normative belief activity about the use of alcohol by youth.  Decision-making skills are reinforced as students work together solving a variety of situations.  Student journal entries in D.A.RE. Planners reinforce skills. 

LESSON #5: The Real Truth

Students are given the opportunity to examine alcohol ads in their environment and apply their learning in a relay race.  Inhalants and their danger are examined.  Journaling processes the new learning. 

LESSON #6: Friendship Foundations

In teams, students examine friendship and peer pressure in situational dilemmas using the D.A.R.E. Decision-making Model.  Journal entries in D.A.R.E. Planner reinforce new learning. 

LESSON #7: Putting It Together

Students work with partners to apply assertiveness skills in a think/pair/share methodology.  D.A.R.E. Planner journaling is used to process new skills. 

LESSON #8:  Personal Action

Student teams practice decision-making skills as they examine the role of personal peer pressure in their lives.  Students review their D.A.R.E. Planner entries to assist in creating a personal D.A.R.E. report. 

LESSON #9: Practice! Practice! Practice!

Students have the opportunity to apply assertive refusal skills along with facts in a spiraling competition.  Personal affirmations about healthy choices are shared from D.A.R.E. reports.  

LESSON #10:  Culmination

Students are given the opportunity to make a public statement about their choices to resist drugs and violence in a group assembly.  Students receive D.A.R.E. graduation certificates and celebrate their accomplishments.