Looking for an end of the year (or any time of the year) lesson on peer pressure? This lesson works for 4th grade and up. It’s an interactive no-fail lesson and I’m planning on doing it this week with my students. There is a guessing game element, a move-to-a-corner activity, and a great video that promotes refusal skills that our kids will need for the upcoming summer and for every day.
Click here to see the Detailed Lesson Plan for the M&M Peer Pressure Guessing Game, but the gist is:
- Have students write down their guess of how many M&M’s are in a jar. (You should pre-count and know the answer).
- Answer sheet is available in the above detailed lesson plan.
- Next, have students get into groups and come up with a group answer for how many M&M’s are in the jar.
- Finally, have students go back to individually guessing how many M&M’s they truly think are in the jar.
- Process how the group decision made you change your first answer. (Process how students were influenced/peer pressured to change their 1st answer.. maybe in a good way, or in a negative way).
- Hold off on telling the real # of M&M’s till the very end of the lesson, but go around the room and see who was closest. At the end of the lesson you can give a snack pack of M&Ms to that person.
- Next, play a 3-corners game with “Agree”, “Disagree”, “Unsure” signs on different areas of the room. Give different statements (ie: 13 year old kids should be able to have cell phones in school. or I like broccoli.” Afterwards process with the students how they might have been influenced by which corner their peers went to.
- Watch 4 minute video about kids bored in summer tempted by peer pressure to try cigarettes www.youtube.com/watch?v=olUNPAuMXCk
- Review Refusal Skills
- Reveal who won the guessing game and give out prize tho that person.