Anti-Smoking Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

It's important to teach our youth about the dangers of smoking, which this lesson plan aims to do. Students will read and discuss a text lesson, work on their own no smoking campaign, present their campaign to the class and end the lesson with a quiz.

Learning Objectives

By end of this lesson students will be able to:

  • Identify reasons to not start smoking
  • Describe the effects of smoking on the body


1-2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.


Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.


  • Copies of the Smoking Facts Lesson for Kids text lesson.
  • Computers
  • Poster board
  • Art Supplies
  • Index cards with the following activity prompts:
    • Effect of smoking on your health and appearance
    • Lifetime cost of smoking
    • Addictive qualities of smoking


  • Begin the lesson by introducing your students to some facts about smoking using the Smoking Facts Lesson for Kids. This should be read together as a class.
  • Ask a volunteer to start reading the lesson. Have that student read the introduction and 'Smoking is Not Cool' section.
  • Start a discussion with your class by asking:
    • What do you know about smoking?
    • What does smoking do to the body?
  • Write students' answers on the board, regardless of whether they are accurate or not.
  • Continue the lesson by having different students read each paragraph. At the end of the 'Smoking and Your Health' section, ask your students these questions:
    • What bone disease are smokers at greater risk of?
    • What does smoking do to the immune system?
    • How does smoking affect the eyes?
    • What is a carcinogen?
  • Have other students take turns read paragraphs from the 'Smoking and Your Appearance' section. After the reading, ask these questions:
    • What does smoking do to the skin?
    • Why do smokers often have bags under their eyes?
    • What is in cigarettes that stains the teeth, nails, and fingers?
  • Have a few more students read the remaining paragraphs. After the lesson summary, ask your students these questions:
    • How much money does smoking cost over a lifetime?
    • When do most people start smoking?
    • Are cigarettes addictive?
  • Now that the class has learned how smoking affects the body, go back to their responses that you wrote on the board and ask students if each response was accurate or not. Review and discuss the correct answers.

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