Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade Curriculum
“Life Skills Training”
Overview: The Botvin LifeSkills Training Elementary School program is a comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally appropriate substance abuse and violence prevention program designed for upper elementary school students. This highly effective curriculum has been proven to help increase self-esteem, develop healthy attitudes, and improve their knowledge of essential life skills – all of which promote healthy and positive personal development.  
According to a recent study, published in the Journal of Drug Education, more elementary schools in the US choose to use the LST program over all other evidence-based prevention programs.

Lesson 1: Self-Esteem

          1.  Teach students what self-esteem is and how it is developed
          2.  To make students aware that they are unique and enhance positive feelings surrounding differences

Lesson 2: Decision-Making

To have students review the steps of good decision making
          2.  Identify how student’s decisions are influenced in direct and indirect ways
Lesson 3: Dangers of Smoking
          1.  Teach students about the harmful effects of nicotine addiction and tobacco use
Lesson 4: Advertising

          1.  To develop an awareness of how advertisers manipulate advertisements to try to entice people to buy their products
          2.  Apply this knowledge to multiple industries  
Lesson 5: Dealing with Stress

          1.  To identify positive and negative ways to cope with stress
          2.  Practice positive techniques for relaxation 

Lesson 6: Communication Skills

          1.  To teach students about the importance of accurate communication
          2.  Practice verbal and non-verbal communication skills 

Lesson 7: Social Skills

          1.  To help students identify positive and negative peer pressure
          2.  Learn ways to respond to positive and negative peer pressure and respond to both in ways that promote getting along 

Lesson 8: Assertiveness

          1.  Teach students how to develop assertiveness skills and apply ‘I-messages’ using role plays 

Your child will bring home the completed worksheets from guidance class at the end of each unit. Please discuss these topics with your child.
In addition, fourth graders will receive instruction on drug prevention via “The Great Body Shop Health Curriculum.” This issue is called “Stay Drug-Free and Build Your Assets.”

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