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Students, in groups, prepare presentations about issues surrounding the debate over medical marijuana use in Canada.
Students, in groups, research the physical, psychological and social effects of alcohol and marijuana on the people who use them. They prepare a class presentation with their research.
Students define substance abuse, assess how they and their friends have been affected by marijuana, evaluate how pot users are hurting themselves, and explore how teens can stay away from or stop smoking pot.
It's never too early to talk to your young grade schoolers about the dangers of marijuana. Here's a short lesson to discuss some basic information about what happens to the body and the brain when someone smokes marijuana. After the lesson and discussion, give them a word search to reinforce some of the new terms that were introduced in the lesson.
Students, in groups, discuss opinions about medical marijuana use. They form their own opinion about the U.S Supreme Court case involving this issue.
Students identify the main parts of the body that are affected by using marijuana.
High schoolers examine and identify marijuana plants. Using the Internet, they research the drug's history and list its negative side effects. They read a list given to them by their teacher and determine if the statement is fact or myth.
Students explore the causes and effects of marijuana addiction and research how THC affects different areas of the brain. They synthesize their knowledge by creating print advertisements that inform teenagers about the physiologic danger of drugs
Students examine statistics of teenagers using alcohol and marijuana. In groups, they brainstorm the reasons why they believe usage is higher than in years past. As a class, they role-play different roles in scenerios to help them realize the effect they are having on themselves and those around them. To end the lesson, they review the symptoms for someone high on drugs or alcohol.
Students examine how marijuana is considered a gateway drug and what that means.
Do the benefits to patients of medical marijuana outweigh the risks? That is the question at the heart of an exercise in learning how to conduct informed discussions of controversial issues. After reading a background article that presents strong arguments for both sides and examining a fact sheet, pairs use the provided perspective cards in a role-play exercise.
Ninth graders use the internet to research the effects of alcohol and marijuana. They present strategies for resisting peer pressure.
Young scholars examine facts about the potential health hazards of marijuana. In small groups they conduct Internet research, and create a brochure for students and parents using research information found on various websites.
Middle schoolers visit a specific Internet site to look at the common misconceptions that teens have about marijuana use. They research how the myth gets busted by the facts about marijuana use. They choose the fact that was the most surprising to them and the fact that was the least surprising.
In this marijuana word search, students find words warning of the dangers of smoking marijuana. They explore terms such as hallucinations, inhibitions, paranoia and other negative aspects of the drug. There are approximately 33 words in this puzzle.
AP Government class members form teams and debate the legalization of marijuana and the abolition of the death penalty. Included on the assignment sheet are the timing requirements of the debate and a brief grading rubric.
Students investigate the physiological effects of smoking marijuana. They observe a demonstration of slowed reaction time caused by soaking a student's hand in ice water, conduct Internet research, and develop a list of the effects on the body caused by smoking marijuana.
Students complete a survey of 6th and 7th graders on their campus about their use of tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana. They do a search to find the national average of students in this age group who are using tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana.
Students read, "Research Shows TV PSAs Effective In Reducing Teen Marijuana Use", discuss the article with questions imbedded in the lesson and write their own PSA.
Looking for an introductory lesson on substance abuse? This lesson contains some very good information and an activity that will engage your learners. Anything that has a hands-on component usually grabs their attention. Have them examine, share, and discuss the myriad of substances that Americans abuse. The statistics are astounding and shocking! This lesson is worth taking a look at and adapting to fit the needs of your class.

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