Lessons and Worksheets
Important Note to Teachers:
Before beginning this unit about over-the-counter medicine safety and responsible usage in the OTC Literacy program, inform students that they should never take medicine without the supervision of a parent or trusted adult.
Pre-Assessment Quiz: Learn what your students already know about over-the-counter medicine safety. Save these quizzes until the end of the unit to compare to the post-assessment quiz results.
Lesson 1: All About Medicines: Define over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and prescription (Rx) medicines and identify the similarities and differences between them. Discuss the key elements of an OTC medicine label and how to use medicine responsibly.
Lesson 2: Reading and Understanding the Drug Facts Label: Examine the Drug Facts Label as it appears on different over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. Identify the key terms and sections of the Drug Facts Label and learn why they are important to read and understand.
Lesson 4: Medicine Storage Smarts: Learn about the proper storage procedures for medicines. Understand why some common areas where medicines are stored (bathrooms or kitchens) may not be the best choices and identify other areas that are safer options.
Post-Assessment Quiz: Now that you have completed the OTC Literacy unit, have students complete the post-assessment quiz. Compare results with the earlier pre-assessment quiz that students took at the beginning of the unit.
Forms for Teachers
Use this notification letter to inform your principal about your desire to teach the OTC Literacy program. In addition to this letter, you may choose to attach these other program components as background:
Parent Opt Out Form
Use this sample form to aid in notification to families who may opt out of having their child participate in the lessons about over-the-counter medicine safety.