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Positive & Negative Effects of Peer Pressure


Math, P.E. & Health  



Title – Positive & Negative Effects of Peer Pressure
By – Jennifer
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Secondary Subjects – Math
Grade Level – 6
Strand/Content Area – Protecting Self and Others

Competency Goal

    The learner will interpret health risks for self and others and corresponding protection measures.


      Healthful Living 3.06 Differentiate between positive and negative effects of peer pressure.
    Math 4.02 Analyze data using spreadsheet.


    Microsoft Excel or Spreadsheet software


    Teacher will ask students if there are any questions about using the spreadsheet software.


    Randomly choose 2 or 3 students to help out with a pop quiz. Chosen students will be the students who have been secretly informed to pressure some of the other students to cheat on the pop quiz being handed out. All students are informed that this is not for a grade but they need to take the pop quiz. The 2 or 3 chosen students will try to pressure others to cheat during the quiz. After the quiz ask if there were any problems, questions, or concerns about the quiz. If no one admits to the cheating then the teacher will bring it up and reveal that the “cheaters” were acting. Begin a discussion about how being pressured to cheat made the students feel. What were the positive and negative effects of cheating?

Statement of Objectives

    At the end of this lesson the students will be able to discuss the positive and negative effects on peer pressure by interpreting their spreadsheet data.

Teacher Input

    Students will form groups of 3 or 4 and begin a discussion about the different types of peer pressure that they may have faced or that they have learned about. They will brainstorm what peer pressure is and how it affects students.

Guided Practice

    Students will use Microsoft Excel to generate a spreadsheet of types of peer pressure and their effects. They will generate 3 columns. The first column will be the type of peer pressure. The second & third columns will be the positive & negative affects. Students will then compare the information and tell which ones they feel are most important to know.

Independent Practice

    Students will write a journal of their own account of peer pressure. They will explain what the peer pressure was and ways that they did or could have dealt with the pressure.


    Today students have recognized different types of peer pressure and the positive and negative effects that peer pressure has on students. They have used Microsoft Excel to organize and display their information.

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