‘Drugs are NOT for me’: Enrichment Activity

Let's further engage our students

After discussing the different types of drugs, their uses, effects, etc. with your students, this is a great activity for them to engage in to further their knowledge and understanding.


You have been learning about specific substances – the important facts, the risks involved, where to seek for help, as well as, other ways to cope with substance abuse or addiction. Next, we are going to combine all the information that we learned and present it in an original and creative way such as:

· A pamphlet that you would see at the health centre, hospital or resource center

· A poster that educates a specific audience on this particular substance

· An article for a newspaper or magazine

· Any other interesting way you can think of – let me know first!

You must include all the components as highlighted on the research assignment handout which are:

1. Important facts

2. Risks

3. Get help

4. Use your voice

As well as…and don’t forget about:

· Pictures

Be creative– add color, big fonts, titles….be neat, clear and organized!


You will be presenting your research to the class. You will be educating us on the substance in which you chose. Remember, some of us, if not most of us, have never heard of some of these substances so we do not know anything about them so by the end of your presentation, we should know all about the substance and of course, why we should not take it.

Work together….Get it done!

Please read through research assignment. At the end of the assignment, there is a link that you can follow which includes a rubric for both the enrichment activity and research assignment.

‘Drugs are NOT for me’: A Research Assignment


You and your partner(s) are going to complete research on a specific type of drug (choose from a list). Most of the research can be found on drugsnot4me.ca; however, you can also include additional information from other websites, as well as, information or pictures found in books, advertisements, magazines, etc.

Getting started…

1. Begin the research process. Follow the link drugsnot4me.ca Information you must research and include are:

a. Drug Facts– Include any important facts related to the drug. Be sure to be able to explain each fact.

b. Risks – There are 10 different risks provided to you on this link. Choose between 3-5 different risks. Explain each and give an example of each.

c. Get Help – Look up different help resources and provide a list of at least 3 different phone numbers and locations.

d. ‘Use your voice’ – Read this section with your partner(s). For each of the following categories, include some information from the site along with your own opinions, ideas, suggestions, etc.: Tips, how to help a friend and talk to an adult.


1. As you research, write it down! Be sure to put all information in your own words!

2. Use your time wisely. We will only have two 45 minute work periods in the library. All incomplete work research must then be completed on your own time.

3. Divide the work between you and your partner(s) so to ensure all work is complete during the time given.

Please follow the link for a handy rubric for both the enrichment activity and the research assignment:

Useful Links for Educators teaching Physical Education





Educators and Students


This is a great interactive site providing detailed information for teachers, as well as, activities and games for students to engage in, encouraging daily activity and fitness such as ‘Energy Engine: Eat well and stay active’. Check it out!



Teaching ideas is a site for teachers teaching physical education at the elementary level. This site includes different warm up and cool down ideas. It also contains links to other great sites!


Teachertube is a great site for all educators, providing a number of interesting videos that may be useful in the classroom.


Teaching and discussing sexual health issues with young students can be difficult for some, yet very important. This site is great in that it provides a detailed amount of information that will further guide you in creating critical and engaging lessons for your students. It is also an informative site that students themselves can use, as well as, parents.


On this site, you will find a variety of team building games, sport games and physical education lesson plans.


Teaching physical education can definitely be fun as you can take it in so many different directions. This site is useful in helping you create interesting and engaging programs for your students.


As a physical education teacher and even classroom teacher who teachers physical education, we are always looking for new ideas and resources. This site provides a variety of activities to help keep your students engaged and active.

gif_Education-160-bwEducators, Students and Parents


This is a fantastic interactive site for parents, kids, teens and educators. There are so many fresh ideas for preschool through to grade 12. It includes teacher’s guides, elementary exercise, quizzes, movies and more.




This site is great for kids and teens to explore as it discusses healthy eating habits.


This site offers a variety of activities for both kids and teens in the realm of daily nutrition.

Checking Our Pulse!

Title:Checking our Pulse!

Subject/Grade: Phys.Ed/ Grade 5

Time Duration: Approx. 45-60 min.

Overview: Teaching students to understand the importance of checking our pulse regularly, beginning with knowing how to locate our pulse and how to check/record our pulse both before and after completing exercises.


Overall Expectations

By the end of Grade 5, students will:

· Identify the components of physical fitness and describe physical activities that improve these components

Physical Activity

– participate vigorously in all aspects of the program (e.g. gymnastic stations or fitness circuit)

Physical Fitness

– describe the components of physical fitness and relate each component to an appropriate physical activity (e.g. cardiorespiratory – skipping; muscle endurance-abdominal crunches; muscle strength- push-ups; flexibility-sit and reach);

– assess their progress in fitness – enhancing activities at regular intervals (e.g. weekly monitoring of their pulses before and after running or completing exercise circuits)


For each student: Other:

– jump rope – stop watches

– chart to record pulse/ pencil – warm-up task sheet- ‘Mission Possible’ (1 for each group)

– station numbers w/ corresponding exercise

Activities and Procedures:

Warm-up exercise: We will begin with a group warm-up activity called ‘Mission Possible’.

Lesson- Checking our Pulse: We will introduce a short lesson about locating our pulse and checking/recording our pulse both before and after completing exercises.


Follow-up Exercises: We will engage in 5 short follow-up exercises supporting our lesson about ‘checking our pulse’ both before and after completing exercises. Students will begin to recognize and understand the difference between our regular pulse and our pulse after engaging in physical activity.


(1) Crunches (2) Jumping jacks (3) Push-ups (4) Skipping rope (5) Laps of the gym

Model/demonstrate each exercise; Check/record pulse before and after completing each exercise; walk once around the gym in between each exercise, and lay down for 1 minute, so to slow down our pulse for next exercise.

Cool-down: Join together at the rest station. Reflect on what we learned and share personal observations. This will give students an opportunity to get their pulses back to normal (can check it one last time to conclude, so to understand and notice the changes in our pulse at all levels).