Wise Owl's Drug Safety Kit
Running Time: 30 Minutes
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Based on effective, age-appropriate strategies for K-3 drug education, this curriculum carefully introduces young students to the concepts of healthy decisions related to drugs and medicines. Three videos use a mix of live-action scenes and colorful animation featuring Wise Owl and his niece Wendy. An interactive format uses video pauses that allow viewers to share ideas and discuss what characters should do next. The kit also contains three colorful posters that visually reinforce the program’s key messages as well as a Teacher’s Resource Book with cooperative learning games and illustrated hands-on activities.
Each of the three videos relates to a different drug safety question:
Is That Good for Me?
In this video, viewers learn how choices—such as what to eat and when to go to bed—can affect our minds and bodies, either positively or negatively. After Wendy and Wise Owl illustrate the benefits of healthy decisions, viewers are asked to consider a scene where alcohol is present. This introduces the concept of dangerous substances like alcohol and tobacco. The positive effects of healthy decisions are also related to social skills and friendship.
What Is a Drug?
This video introduces the term drug and specifically relates it to alcohol and tobacco. The harmful effects of these substances are carefully described in age-appropriate graphic segments and live-action scenarios. Viewers are asked to share ideas about other dangerous drugs and why it’s important to avoid them. Each scene also emphasizes the benefits of a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
What Is Medicine?
In this video, viewers learn that medicines and other substances, like vitamins, can be helpful. At the same time, scenarios clearly illustrate the dangers of using medicines incorrectly. Viewers learn who is allowed to give them medicines, when medicines should be taken and how to take them safely. Viewers are also encouraged to ask permission before touching or tasting any substance, even one that looks like food.
Wise Owl’s Drug Safety Kit also includes:
- Teacher's Resource Book with pre/post test Filled with a variety of age-appropriate activities to further learning.
- 3 Full-Color Posters Each poster reinforces an important message from the videos with colorful illustrations of young people and the animated characters Wise Owl and Wendy.
- “Healthy or Not?” Cards Based on a similar Wise Owl video segment, each 5 x7 card features an object or activity that students can identify as "healthy" or "not." The back of each card features questions and discussion prompts to guide the teacher.
- 60 Wise Owl Stickers Colorful stickers are presented to students when they practice healthy behaviors modeled in the videos. Examples include, I exercised, I made a safe choice, and I got plenty of sleep.
- Reproducible Activity Sheets
DVD, Teacher's Resource Book, Student Handouts, 3 Posters, Fifteen 5.5" x 8.5" Activity Cards and 60 Stickers
Uncle Wise Owl teaches his niece, Wendy, about health and safety. There are three segments: "Is That Good for Me?," "What's a Drug," and What's a Medicine?" Viewers learn to make choices that are good for them including eating nutritious food, exercising, getting adequate sleep, and wearing a bicycle helmet. They also learn why drugs like alcohol and tobacco are bad for children and how to avoid them. The use of good medicines under the supervision of a caring adult is also covered. The Wise Owl segments, presented in simple animation, are interspersed with live-action vignettes using a multiethnic cast of children to show how to overcome peer pressure and make good decisions. There are places in the program to pause for classroom discussion. Since this is aimed at younger children, no hard drugs are mentioned and no information about abusing prescription or OTC drugs is given. The posters reinforce the health and safety messages presented in the video segments. The 5"x7" cards feature objects or activities and ask viewers whether or not they are "healthy." Questions and discussion prompts are printed on the back of each card. An age-appropriate introduction to making healthy decisions and drug safety.
—Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
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