Grades 5 & 6
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Grades 5 & 6 Video
Before viewing the following videos, please refer to the "Youth Tobacco Prevention Video Overview" page or download the pdf here. To view the videos click on the names to the left of the video screen. Be sure to scroll to the end of this guide for suggested classroom discussion starters.
Pop Quiz Length: 3 min. 12 sec.
Getting Started: Incorporating the Video
- Introduce video as a part of or after Activity 8: Decision Making
- See page 13 of Overview Booklet from the RDRN curriculum for a step-by-step review of theDecision-Making Process
- See page 14 of Overview Booklet from the RDRN curriculum for an overview of peer influence and peer acceptance
List of Characters and Their Roles
- Zoe (Main Character): Student. Facing internal pressure to cheat on a test because she is not prepared for it.
- Miss Randolph: Zoe's social studies teacher.
- Benjamin: Classmate. Comments on how easy the test will be.
Temptation to CheatThe scenario takes place on a Monday during Miss Randolph's social studies class.The class is about to begin when Miss Randolph announces the start of a big test. Zoe was out for a few days the previous week and did not know about the test so she did not study. She is considering cheating so she passes the test and does not risk failing the class.
Pause the Video: Suggested Classroom Discussion Starters
- How do you think Zoe felt when she learned there was a social studies quiz she did not study for because Miss Randolph mentioned it on one of the days she missed school because she was sick?
- Do you think Benjamin's comment about the test being easy has an influence on Zoe's decision?
- What internal pressure do you think Zoe is experiencing in this situation?
- What choices do you think Zoe has in this scenario?
Restart the Video
The Decision: Zoe's Decision-Making Process
Zoe does not want to flunk the social studies test and look stupid in front of the whole class so she must decide if she is going to guess the answers, cheat off of Benjamin or ask Miss Randolph for help.Zoe reviews the decision-making process by discussing her options, the consequences of her cheating on a test (i.e., suspension) and how she will deal with the situation.
The Choice: Zoe Chooses to Ask the Teacher for Help
Zoe makes the decision to ask Miss Randolph if she can take the test later since she was unaware of the test because she was out sick. She took the chance of asking the teacher for an extension even though Miss Randolph could have declined her offer in front of the whole class. The risk of not passing the test or getting caught cheating was higher than the embarrassment of being declined.
Conclusion of the Video: Suggested Classroom Discussion Starters
- What are the 6 steps that Zoe took to come to a decision?
- How do you think Zoe would have felt if she decided to cheat on the test? What could have happened if she did cheat?
- What consequences would you experience if you chose to cheat on a test?
- What are some other ways Zoe could have handled the situation? How would you have handled it?