Helping younger students understand the differences between prescription medication and over-the counter medication can be a daunting task, but it’s crucial to preparing them to make healthier decisions about medications. Dose of Knowledge, an expansion of the?Pharmacists Teach?program into classrooms, strives to empower educators and pharmacists to address substance misuse and educate students to make good decisions for the health and well-being of themselves and their community.
Medication Safety, a new standards-aligned digital lesson bundle for students in grades 3-5 gives educators the tools to teach students about the power of medicine and help them understand what to do in the case of a medicine-related emergency. The lesson bundle provides all of the materials needed to ignite these conversations and help young students Engage, Learn & Reflect!
The engagement activity provides students an opportunity to consider their own experiences with both over-the-counter and prescription medications. Students raise two fingers if they have experienced any of the prompts related to medication usage. Having students think through the times in their lives when they have had to take medicine makes the content more relatable and helps set up the objectives of the lesson. Making it into a game piques the students’ interest and gives them an opportunity to interact.
The primary goals of the lesson are to have students recognize what the already know about medicine and learn new facts that will help them make healthy decisions. Each section of the PowerPoint included in the bundle features a specific theme to guide the conversation:
- What is medicine and how does it work?
- How can we use medicine safely and treat it with care?
- Prescription medication exploration
- Over-the-counter medication exploration
- Vitamin exploration
- Dosage discussion
- Medicine storage and safety discussion
- What to do in case of emergency
The educator guide provides key talking points to effectively address each of these topics with slide-by-slide recommendations for how to approach the content. This section also features an opportunity for students to collaborate and then share feedback, either out loud in a classroom setting or via a shared document for remote learners, in response to viewing the Medication Safety video. The embedded video features Kahra, a CVS pharmacist, talking directly to students about medication, its uses and the role of pharmacists.
Lastly, students have the opportunity reflect on the lessons through a series of review prompts highlighted in the presentation. If more time is available, the educator guide also offers a number of recommendations for extending the learning.