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Lesson Overview: "Decision Making and Goal Setting" is an insightful 30-slide presentation designed for students in grades seven through high school. Aligning with California State Standards (and adaptable to others), this lesson focuses on using decision-making processes to evaluate the impact of drug and alcohol use and the importance of setting goals for a drug-free lifestyle.


Educational Objectives:

  • Evaluating Decisions: Students will learn to use decision-making processes to understand how drug and alcohol use affects individuals and society.
  • Exploring Healthy Alternatives: Explain and consider healthy alternatives to using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Goal Setting with WOOP: Evaluate how a drug-free lifestyle supports the achievement of short- and long-term goals using the WOOP method.



Key Terms: Decisions, decision-making, consequences of choice, goal setting, WOOP Goals (wish, outcome, obstacle, plan), D.E.C.I.D.E Model (determine, examine, consider, identify, decide, evaluate), healthy alternatives.


Interactive and Educational Activities:

  • WOOP Goals Video: A visual aid to understand the WOOP goal-setting method.
  • Healthy Alternative Brainstorming: Using Padlet for collaborative idea generation.
  • D.E.C.I.D.E Model and W.O.O.P Goals Assignment: An interactive assignment to apply decision-making and goal-setting techniques.
  • Kahoot: An engaging quiz game to reinforce lesson content.



Exclusive Feature - D.E.C.I.D.E Model and W.O.O.P Goals Assignment:

  • Objective: Guide students through the D.E.C.I.D.E Model and W.O.O.P Goal Setting Method, applying these frameworks to scenarios related to peer pressure and alcohol use.
  • Components: Steps for the D.E.C.I.D.E Model and W.O.O.P Method, interactive templates, available in digital and printable formats.



Teacher Support and Customization:

  • Teacher's Guide: Includes talking points, guides, ideas, and essential questions in the “notes” section of the slides.
  • Fully Editable: Customize the content to suit your teaching needs and student learning styles.



Flexible Usage:

  • Stand-Alone or Series Integration: This lesson (lesson 7) can be used on its own or as part of Not Your Mama's Health Teacher's ATOD 8-lesson unit.



Copyright Information:

  • Copyright © Not Your Mama's Health Teacher. All rights reserved by the author.
  • License: Purchase grants single teacher use. Sharing is not permitted.
  • Usage Rights: Classroom duplicates are allowed. No redistribution, editing, selling, or Internet posting without password protection. Subject to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act penalties.



"Decision Making and Goal Setting" offers a comprehensive approach to teaching students about the importance of making informed choices and setting goals for a healthy, drug-free life. Through interactive and practical activities, students will gain valuable skills to navigate life's challenges.


Total Pages

35 pages

Answer Key


Decision Making and Goal Setting (ATOD)

  • View a preview of this lesson and assignment HERE.

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