Too Good for Drugs - Grade 4

Too Good for Drugs in Grade 4 lays the groundwork for drug-free living through a fun and interactive journey of setting reachable goals, communicating effectively, and making responsible decisions. The program focuses on developing students’ social-emotional skills and reinforces those skills through interactive activities.

Students embark on a canoe trip to discern positive and negative friendship qualities and take on super powers as Captain Funderwear and Princess Glitter Blast to learn the dangerous consequences of unsafe use of prescription medications.

Other activities include an A-mazing maze to identify the steps to making good decisions, a car race to find healthy ways to manage emotions, and role-plays for mastering peer-pressure refusal strategies.

The Too Good for Drugs Grade 4 Curriculum Kit is available in two sizes.

  • Standard Curriculum Kit - for classrooms of up to 24 students. 
  • Large Curriculum Kit - for classrooms of up to 30 students. 

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2020 Edition

$315.95

The Too Good toolkit includes everything you need to teach the lessons:

  • Teacher Manual
  • 30 Student Workbooks
  • Goal Setting Poster
  • Decision Making Poster
  • Peer Pressure Refusal Strategy Poster
  • Picture of Health Puzzles, 6 Sets
  • Around the Block Activity Set, 6 Sets
  • Play it Safe Activity Set, 6 Sets
  • No Butts About It! Activity Cards, 6 Sets
  • I'm All Ears Activity Cards, 6 Sets
  • Face Off Activity Cards, 6 Sets
  • Game Pieces and Die

Curriculum Features include:

  • Scripted Design - Ten 45-minute fully scripted, research-based lessons conveniently presented in a tabbed spiral-bound book, making them easy to use and enjoyable to teach.
  • Comprehensive Lesson Planner with clearly-stated, measurable objectives, topic rationale, and allotted activity times.
  • Lesson Resource Pack with Activity Visual Displays, Activity Instructions, Home Workouts, and Evaluation Instruments in a downloadable for display or print format.
  • Parent Component - “Home Workout: Exercises for Adults and Kids,” to extend prevention skills and messages into the home.
  • Looking for More? - Each lesson includes cross-curricular lesson extenders with suggestions for infusion, recommended reading, and additional activities for reinforcing important concepts and skills.
  • Assessment Materials to measure student outcomes and process outcomes including implementation effectiveness and fidelity of implementation as well as student knowledge, attitudes, and behavior.
  • Comprehensive Pre-Delivery Training Component covering Character Education and Normative Education concepts, Fidelity of Implementation, as well as guidance for facilitating discussions about various conflict and peer influence topics.
  • Logic Model including the program’s theory of change and the proven strategies incorporated into the lessons.
  • Strategies and methods to build family and school connections to reinforce the healthy social and emotional development of the students.

                PBIS Alignment               

Lessons Overview                      RTI / PBIS Alignment              Lessons Sample

Comprehensive Prevention Education

Too Good for Drugs is a universal violence prevention and character education program that promotes the development of the skills, attitudes, and behaviors consistent with positive, pro-social living to encourage healthy emotions management and actions, resistance to peer pressure and influence, and self-awareness and social awareness to foster a drug free lifestyle.

Too Good for Drugs offers developmentally appropriate curricula for Kindergarten through High School. Each grade level builds on previous levels developing the skills sequentially with engaging, age-appropriate lessons and activities.

Mitigates risk factors and builds protective factors

Too Good focuses on the risk factors and negative social norms that can be positively affected in the classroom: favorable attitudes toward substance use, violence, and other problem behaviors and friends who engage in problem behavior.

Too Good builds protection within the student by:

  • Providing opportunities for pro-social involvement
  • Establishing positive norms including healthy beliefs and clear standards
  • Promoting bonding to pro-social peers
  • Increasing self-efficacy and interpersonal skills

Strengths-Based Skills Development

Too Good for Drugs introduces and develops self-efficacy and interpersonal skills linked with healthy development and academic success to promote self-awareness and social awareness:

  • Setting Reachable Goals
  • Making Responsible Decisions
  • Identifying and Managing Emotions
  • Communicating Effectively
  • Bonding with Prosocial Peers

Additional skills development and application concepts  built into the course at the elementary level to promote positive social development and pro-social peer bonding and a perception of the harms of substance use and a rejection of substance use as acceptable include:

  • Managing Mistakes and Disappointment
  • Resisting Peer Pressure
  • Understanding Peer Influence
  • Making Healthy Choices
  • Safe Use of Medicines - Grades K - 5
  • Effects of Nicotine Use - Grades 2 - 5
  • Effects of Alcohol Use - Grades 3 - 5
  • Effects of Marijuana and THC Use - Grade 5

Develops Core Character Traits

Too Good for Drugs promotes character development by strengthening nine character traits:

  • Caring
  • Cooperation
  • Courage
  • Fairness
  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Self-discipline
  • Integrity

 

Understanding the Logic Model

The Mendez Foundation developed Logic Models for Too Good to map out the Theory of Change and demonstrate graphically the assumptions that drive Too Good. The logic model communicates an "if-then" message of what changes the program intends to produce. It helps to make the connections among the target group, goals, strategies, objectives and planned program results and lays out what the program is expected to achieve and how it is expected to work.

TGFD Logic Model

 

Research Design

Each of the Too Good evaluation studies were conducted by third-party researchers and used randomized treatment-control group designs (pre-test/post-test, 20-week post-test, or one-year follow-up). The Researchers examined pre-test equivalence between treatment and control groups; potential bias of loss of student data over time; quality of program implementation; and estimates of reliability and validity of assessment tools.

The award-winning Too Good programs have undergone rigorous, independent evaluation studies to measure their effects on students' skills, attitudes, intentions, and behaviors. Studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national evaluation conferences. These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of Too Good.

2001 Research Report


2001 Summary     2001 Full Report 

2003 Research Report


2003 Summary     2003 Full Report 

2005 Research Report


2005 Summary     2005 Full Report 

Organization/AgencyTGFD K-8TGFV K-8TGFD&V High School
What Works Clearinghouse: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education SciencePositive effects on behavior
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Positive effect on behavior & knowledge, attitudes & values
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Positive effect on behavior & knowledge, attitudes & values
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CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional LearningNot Yet RatedElementary SELect Program
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Not Yet Rated
NREPP: National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs & PracticesReviewed evaluation
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Reviewed evaluation
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CEBC: California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Child WelfareTGFD Grade 6 
Scientific Rating 2 - Supported by Evidence
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Not Yet RatedNot Yet Rated
OJJDP: Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency PreventionPromising program
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Exemplary program
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Exemplary program
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Promising Practices Network: Programs that WorkScreened program
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Screened program
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Screened program
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SAMHSA: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Model programModel programModel program

Awards

Too Good programs have earned recognition and acclaim for their impact in promoting safer and healthy youth and communities. 

  • Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association's (FADAA) Best Practices Award
  • The American Medical Association's National Congress on Adolescent Health
  • The President's Child Safety Partnership
  • Southeast Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities Shining Star Award
  • Our programs received a high rating in "Drug Strategies"

Other Recognition

Recognition for Too Good for Drugs™ in Drug Strategies "Making the Grade": "Some very strong elements in this very detailed, 10 session per year curriculum. Provides developmentally appropriate information about alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. Normative education activities creative and compelling, new ideas for games. Includes no-use pledge."

Recognition for Too Good for Violence in Drug Strategies "Safe Schools, Safe Students": "A delightful package of materials (that) complements this highly interactive 4-9 session program. Strongly focused on critical skill areas. Extremely detailed instructions for teachers. Very complete."

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