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Product Overview: The "Strategies for Managing Influences Jigsaw" is an engaging and educational resource designed for middle and high school students. This activity focuses on developing a comprehensive understanding of various strategies to manage influences related to the use of drugs and alcohol. It emphasizes prevention education, resilience, support systems, intervention, treatment, and the role of family and community involvement.



Assignment Goal: This assignment aims to foster active engagement, collaboration, and profound understanding among students. By exploring critical strategies for managing influences concerning drugs and alcohol use, students will delve deep into these vital topics, creating a safe and inclusive space for discussion and learning.



What's Included:

  • Instruction Document: Detailed guidance on facilitating the Jigsaw Cooperative Learning Activity.
  • Nine Articles: Carefully selected articles covering a broad range of strategies.
  • Reading Comprehension/Discussion Questions: Eight questions per article to stimulate critical thinking and discussion.
  • Graphic Organizer: A tool to help students organize and synthesize information.
  • Answer Key: For educators to easily assess and guide students' learning.



Key Features:

Active Engagement: Utilizes "home groups" and "expert groups" to ensure every student's active participation and input.

Comprehensive Learning: Each student becomes an expert in their assigned topic, promoting in-depth understanding and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing.

Structured Facilitation: The instruction document provides a clear, step-by-step approach for educators, ensuring a smooth and effective learning experience.

Critical Thinking Development: Challenging comprehension and discussion questions enhance students' analytical and synthesis skills.

Inclusivity and Empathy: Encourages a respectful learning environment where diverse perspectives are valued.

Lifelong Learning Skills: Equips students with collaboration, communication, and empathy skills, vital for real-world applications.

Ease of Implementation: Designed for straightforward integration into existing curriculums, saving educators valuable planning time.



Educational Benefits:

  • In-Depth Understanding: Deepens students' knowledge of managing drug and alcohol-related influences.
  • Skill Building: Enhances critical thinking, communication, and collaborative skills.
  • Real-World Application: Prepares students to apply these strategies in their personal and community lives.



Corresponding Lesson: Educators interested in a comprehensive approach can view Not Your Mama's Health Teacher's lesson on Analyzing Influences and Interpersonal Communication Slide Deck Lesson 6, which pairs excellently with this Jigsaw activity for a holistic learning experience.


The "Strategies for Managing Influences Jigsaw" is an essential tool for educators seeking to create an interactive and informative learning environment. This activity not only educates students on crucial health topics but also fosters essential life skills, making it an invaluable addition to any health education curriculum.


Copyright Information:

  • Copyright © Not Your Mama's Health Teacher. All rights reserved by the author.
  • License: Each purchase grants single teacher use. No sharing with others.
  • Usage Rights: Classroom duplicates allowed. No redistribution, editing, sale, or Internet posting without password protection. Subject to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act penalties.


Total Pages

20 pages

Answer Key


Strategies for Managing Influences Jigsaw - ATOD Cooperative Learning Activity

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