Operation Prevention is a set of educational resource, developed in the USA, where they are struggling with an epidemic of people addicted to prescription drugs. The project has developed teaching resources suitable for all ages in educational institutions. Anyone looking at the use of drugs as part of the UK science curriculum may find these few primary aged resources really useful.
“Operation Prevention’s classroom resources provide educators with engaging tools that are aligned to national health and science standards and integrate seamlessly into classroom instruction. Through a series of hands-on investigations, these resources introduce students to the science behind opioids and their impact on the brain and body.”(Operation Prevention)
There are three sections developed for primary schools:
Proactive Prevention – looking at over the counter and prescription medications, what do they do and how do they work which has a digital lesson and a teacher guide.
Malachi’s Medication – learning about how important it is to measure the medication doses carefully.
Sarah’s Sister – this is the final section is about Sarah’s sister who gets hold of medicines not stored appropriately.
The lesson plan for Proactive Prevention is in the form of a PowerPoint presentation which is easy to use, covering really important points for the young and explaining why and when you take medicines etc! It could be used in any primary classroom. It has links to videos which can be watched to support the points it is making including medicine safety. However, I think the presentation it too long to cover in one lesson. The teacher notes explain how to use the presentation, they recommend that it is split into three sections, lesson 1, Engage, explore and explain, Lesson 2, Engage, Lesson 3, Engage, explore and evaluate.
Section 2, Malachi’s Medication, is in the form of a measuring and comprehension investigation.
Section 3, Sarah’s Sister is a type of class discussion and role-play where children find that Sarah’s younger sister has found tablets, emptied them on to the floor and maybe taken some!
Operation Prevention is the first set of lessons I have ever seen on this theme and though it was developed in the USA for the schools there, it is very easy to make slight alterations for children here. The site, or resources are well worth storing until such a time as it crops up even if not a planned for topic.