This iMinds lesson is designed to be a part of a larger book study. It seeks to help students build drug literacy as they consider the psychoactive properties of one of our favourite drugs – chocolate. Roald Dahl provides rich content for exploring the positive attractiveness, but also the destructive potential, of psychoactive substances. Exploring this ambivalence with respect to chocolate provides a relatively uncharged setting to learn an important framework for understanding other psychoactive drugs.
First Peoples’ principles of learning • Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors • Learning is holistic, reflexive, reflective, experiential, and relational (focused on connectedness, on reciprocal relationships, and a sense of place) • Learning involves recognizing the consequences of one’s actions • Learning requires exploration of one’s identity English Language Arts 4 & 5 Big ideas • Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world • Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens Competencies • Use a variety of comprehension strategies before, during, and after reading, listening, or viewing to deepen understanding of text • Apply a variety of thinking skills to gain meaning from texts • Use personal experience and knowledge to connect to text and deepen understanding of self, community, and world • Exchange ideas and perspectives to build shared understanding English Language Arts 6 Big ideas • Exploring stories and other texts helps us understand ourselves and make connections to others and to the world • Questioning what we hear, read, and view contributes to our ability to be educated and engaged citizens Competencies • Apply appropriate strategies to comprehend written, oral, and visual texts, guide inquiry, and extend thinking • Think critically, creatively, and reflectively to explore ideas within, between, and beyond texts • Recognize and identify the role of personal, social, and cultural contexts, values, and perspectives in texts • Construct meaningful personal connections between self, text, and world • Respond to text in personal, creative, and critical ways • Exchange ideas and viewpoints to build shared understanding and extend thinking
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