Optional Red Ribbon Week Playlist: Grades 4-6

Our first-ever Red Ribbon Week Playlist for elementary students! Each year, National Red Ribbon Week is celebrated from October 23 – 31. Thousands of schools across the country use this time to engage youth in dialogues about the importance of making positive life choices and avoiding the temptation to use drugs and alcohol. We have curated a set of videos, discussion questions, and activities to help guide teachers and 4th-6th grade students through these important conversations.

  • Step 1 Watch A Natural High Video
  • Step 2 Discuss Together As A Group
  • Step 3 Go Deeper Through Fun Activities
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The playlist includes:

Tony Hawk, Wuv Bernardo & Sonny Sandoval – Members of P.O.D., Bethany Hamilton, Tim Howard – Pro Soccer Player, Lisa Leslie – Pro Basketball Player, Danyelle Wolf – World Champion Boxer,

Tony Hawk

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1:

Tony was exposed to drugs at a young age and saw that they could affect performance. He didn’t want to compromise his own skating performance. Is there something you feel you wouldn’t want to compromise?

Question #2:

Tony suggests that it’s hard to say “no” to drugs and alcohol. How do you say, “no”?

Question #3:

Tony describes the feeling of creating his own tricks as a buzz. In what ways are you creative? When do you feel your own “buzz?”

Question #4:

Tony says that a natural high to him is being present and enjoying what you do on a physical and mental level. When have you experienced that feeling of being present and enjoying something on a physical and mental level?

Wuv Bernardo & Sonny Sandoval – Members of P.O.D.

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1:

Wuv talks about strength on the inside. What do you think he means by that? What strength do you have on the inside?

Question #2:

Sonny and Wuv talk about having more than one Natural High. What are some activities that engage you, even if you’re not sure if they are your true Natural High?

Question #3:

Wuv says that he stayed away from drugs because he was so motivated to do what he was doing with his music. What are some activities you enjoy that you are motivated to do well?

Question #4:

Sonny and Wuv have good friends who don’t peer pressure them to do bad things. Have you ever experienced peer pressure in a positive way? Have you ever experienced it in a negative way?

Question #5:

What true friends do you have that like you for you and support your decisions? How do you know?

Question #6:

How have your friends supported you or not?

Bethany Hamilton

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1:

Bethany says that staying drug-free was not a hard choice for her. Is it a hard choice for you? Why or why not?

Question #2:

Bethany lost her arm to a shark attack, which changed her life forever. She discusses how everyone has problems, including school, family and other issues. What are some of your small challenges? How about some of your larger ones?

Question #3:

Describe a small or large challenge you faced recently and how you dealt with it. What are you proud of in your response and what would you change?

Question #4:

Having a natural high helped Bethany stay focused during a difficult time. Do you have a Natural High, a relationship, or a responsibility that helps you to remain focused? What is it, and describe a time it helped you to keep your focus?

Question #5:

Have you ever been disappointed or dissatisfied by your natural high? How can you use Bethany’s story to encourage you to overcome challenges when your natural high seems to disappoint you?

Tim Howard – Pro Soccer Player

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1:

How does hard work relate to success in your life? Can you give an example of something that you have worked hard for and that has yielded success?

Question #2:

Soccer and playing with his brother and friends brought Tim joy as a child. What brings you joy?

Question #3:

Tim had friends who used drugs and that reinforced an image of drug use that helped him stay off drugs. Can you identify with this? If so, how?

Question #4:

Tim talks about picking yourself up after a loss. Have you ever had to do that? Talk about your experience. Was it hard to do? What did you learn?

Question #5:

Tim talks about wanting to win and how that drives him. What drives you? What is a milestone you are looking forward to?

Lisa Leslie – Pro Basketball Player

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Question #1:

Lisa says, “I always wanted to represent my family, my mom and my sisters, and I didn’t want to do anything that would damage my family name.” How do you see yourself representing your family?

Question #2:

Everyone knew a girl that played on the basketball team and that impressed Lisa. Is there someone you admire?

Question #3:

In 9th grade Lisa set a goal to make the Olympic basketball team. What are your goals and how do you work toward them?

Question #4:

Focus helped Lisa prioritize grades and athletics. What are your priorities? How do you keep your focus on them?

Danyelle Wolf – World Champion Boxer

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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Question #1:

How do you answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Why?

Question #2:

Describe a time you have had a sense of accomplishment.

Question #3:

What does it mean to you to be a fighter?

Question #4:

What do you fight for? How does it make you feel?

Question #5:

Danyelle says that the decision to stay off drugs molded her life. How might it mold your life?

Question #6:

Hanging around with the wrong crowd, according to Danyelle, can affect your choices. Do you agree? Why or why not? Have you experienced this? If so, please describe.

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