Take A Breath
'Take a Breath' features children in Years 5 and 6 who have genuine questions about vaping, alongside real high school students who recorded and edited their responses.
Students investigate the issues around vaping and smoking. Students are encouraged to stop and "take a breath", ask questions, seek answers, and exercise critical thinking skills before making a decision.
- Impacts of smoking and vaping
- Drawing comparisons and connections between e-cigarettes/vaping and the history of tobacco smoking
- The effects of nicotine on the body and brain
- Strategies and responses that model assertiveness and resilience in challenging situations
Step 1: Pre-lesson
To be completed with your class before the Life Ed visit.
Take a Breath – Tuning In Lesson – The Real Truth Students identify their pre knowledge about vaping and smoking and investigate how they can locate reliable sources of information to support them to figure out what the real truth is. They’re encouraged to stop, "take a breath", ask questions and find the answers to empower them to make responsible decisions. Activities include • voting • true or false statements • small group work • Google racing • reporting back • at home follow up 15 - 20 minutes School Lesson
Pre lesson – An Overview for Parents
Step 2: Life Ed Visit
Step 3: Post Visit
To be completed with your class after the Life Ed visit.
Take a Breath – Extending Lesson 1 – e-cigarettes In this lesson students delve further into issues around e-cigarettes and vaping and make connections between the two. They investigate social influences and the addictive nature of the drug nicotine. Students apply critical thinking to the laws surrounding smoking as well as examining the cost of cigarettes & e-cigarettes to people’s health and finances! Activities include • drag & drop timelines • think, pair, share • summarising • at home discussion 15 - 20 minutes School Lesson
Take a Breath – Post-Visit extending lesson 2- No thanks! Why do most young people choose not to vape or smoke? The focus of this lesson is to "denormalise" smoking and vaping in Australia and to review some of the reasons that young people choose not to smoke. Strategies to encourage others not to smoke are considered and students consider their own future reasons not to vape or smoke. Activities include • think, pair, share • drag & drop categorising • videos • role modelling at home follow up 15 - 20 minutes School Lesson
How do I talk to my kids about e-cigarettes?
Hey adults, We know that part of our role as parents and carers to talk with the children and young people in our lives about the importance of health and safety. Easier said than done right? That’s why we’re here to help! The mission? To empower your kids to make responsible decisions, now and in the future.