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Drugs, Risks and the Nervous System
In cooperative groups, middle schoolers contemplate the probability of 18 different situations occurring. After they make predictions, they compare them to the actual risk factors. This eye-opening exercise demonstrates that the odds of problems related to drug use are greater than the odds of many other events.
5th - 10th Science
Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco: What Are the Effects?
Young scholars are introduced to the effects of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. In groups, they research how drugs and alcohol affect the body in terms of getting the nutritional values that it needs to be healthy. They also discuss how emotions and their self-worth can affect their likelihood in using drugs and alcohol.
6th - 8th Health
Drugs Can Be Good and Bad
How can you tell which drugs are helpful, and which drugs are harmful? Use a health worksheet in your kindergarten class to determine which drugs can make you healthy. They choose from a group of pictures that includes cough medicine, aspirin, cigarettes, vitamin C, and alcohol.
K - 2nd Health
Essay on Staying Drug-Free
Stay drug-free! After choosing a research topic from the list, which includes drugs, alcohol, or smoking, middle schoolers work on researching their topic and formulating an argument. A peer-editing checklist, as well as several graphic organizers, help young writers structure the paper's introduction, middle, and conclusion.
5th - 8th English Language Arts
This is a note-taking chart for an interactive lesson on the effects of different drugs on brain activity. Middle schoolers choose a lab mouse and put it into a viewer to see what brain chemicals are being affected. They record the neurotransmitters involved and the action of the drug.
7th - 12th Science
Crossing the Synaptic Gap
As part of a unit on the chemistry of the brain, thinkers learn how chemicals work to transmit messages between individual neurons and how controlled substances impact the synaptic cleft. They do so by playing a dice-and-card game in which the numbers that appear on the dice represent the number of incoming signals and the number of signals inhibited by drugs.
5th - 10th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Drug Dope Show
In small groups, students research an assigned drug category including its physical effects, addiction treatments and the societal, academic and economic impacts of drug abuse. They engage in a "talk show" and discussion about drug types, addiction/recovery processes, and the effects of drug abuse.
9th - 12th Health
Drugged Out Daphnia
Ninth graders participate in experiments to investigate the the effects of nicotine, caffeine, aspirin, alcohol, and sleeping pills on the heart rates of Daphina. They describe the relationships between common drugs and heart rates. Students evaluate impact that drugs have on animals within the biosphere.
Dangers of drugs, lying
Young scholars read articles and write an essay about three college students who wanted to see what it felt like to get high. Young scholars discuss legal and ethical questions of illegal drug use, and stealing medication from someone else.
11th - Higher Ed English Language Arts
Lessons from the Street: An Introduction to Drug Education
Looking for an introductory instructional activity on substance abuse? This instructional activity contains some very good information and an activity that will engage your learners. Anything that has a hands-on component usually grabs their attention.
8th - 12th Physical Education
Students explore peer pressure by completing worksheets. In this drug awareness instructional activity, students define a long list of illegal and prescription drugs while viewing images of each drug. Students complete a word match worksheet and conduct a class discussion about drug use.
4th - 9th Health