Red Ribbon Week 2023 Lesson Plans

Easy-to-use series of inspirational influencer videos paired with
discussion questions and activities for your classroom. Our curriculum
is designed for 4th – 12th grade students.

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Lesson Plans & Video Playlist – Grades 4-12

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john sundt - natural high founder

Jon Sundt – Natural High Founder

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Some suggested questions to ask after you watch the video:

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Question #1:

Why did Jon start Natural High?

Question #2:

Jon says, “The high drugs give you is a rip-off. Older kids make it seem so cool and sometimes the media makes it seem so cool. But what I think is way cooler is a natural high.” Give some examples of the media making drugs and alcohol look cool. Do you think drugs and alcohol look cool?

Question #3:

How do Jon’s memories impact his decisions?

Question #4:

How do your memories impact your decisions? What is a specific example of a memory, something that happened in your life, that influences your actions now?

Question #5:

Steven’s daughter talks about her anger toward her father for using drugs. What are you angry about? How do you deal with it?

Question #6:

Why do you think Jon chose to use videos to help convey his message?

Dopamine’s Role in Natural Highs

The Science of Joy – Exploring Dopamine and Natural Highs: Video #1 The Science of Joy

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1

What are some fun activities or experiences that can trigger the release of dopamine in our brains? Can you share an example of an activity in your life where this reinforcement might have led to positive or negative habits?

Question #2

The video discusses the balance between the brain's reward center and the prefrontal cortex when making decisions. How might understanding this balance help you in making choices about fun activities? How might understanding this balance help you in making choices about responsibilities like homework?

Question #3

The video mentioned that what you find most rewarding is what makes you uniquely you. Share something you enjoy doing, and explain how it makes you unique by reflecting on your personality or interests.

Jawann Blanchey

Jawann Blanchey – Pro Drummer Professional Drummer

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1

Jawann talks about his struggles, including being homeless and having to suppress his passion for drumming. How do you think Jawann's love for music helped him overcome these challenges? Can you share a time when you had to find strength in a hobby or passion during a difficult period?

Question #2

Jawann emphasizes the importance of choices, especially when facing tough times. Discuss the significance of choosing to keep going versus turning back in tough situations. What does this tell you about resilience and determination?

Question #3

Jawann mentions that music kept him off the streets and away from drugs. Why do you think having a 'natural high' like music is important for young people? How can a natural high be a protective factor against negative influences like drugs?

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