Recreational Drugs Teacher Resources

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Students conduct experiments on fertilized chicken embryos to determine the possible developmental effects that various recreational drugs (caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and aspirin) might have on them.
Pupils explore over-the-counter drug abuse. In this health journalism lesson plan, students read the USA Today article titled "Latest Trend in Drug Abuse: Youths Risk Death for Cough-Remedy High", respond to discussion questions regarding the article, and complete an activity based on the content of the article.
Young scholars 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 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
Young scholars work together to complete a crossword puzzle about drugs by locating needed information on the Internet. They use that information to design, produce and distribute a drug abuse brochure.
Students explore performance-related drug use. In this health journalism instructional activity, students read the USA Today article titled "Taking Pills Isn't the Answer", respond to discussion questions regarding the article, and complete an activity based on the content of the article
Students explore the controversy surrounding performance-enhancing drugs. For this current events lesson, students discuss the prevalence of drug use in the sports world and create poetry about sports. Older students may design a brochure that warns against the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.
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.
Students understand how the brain functions and how they can promote a healthy lifestyle.  In this health lesson students complete several activities including investigating how stimulates affect the brain.
Students discover the affects of prescription drug abuse. In this drug awareness lesson, students use a scripted series of scenes for a play to understand facts and data concerning addiction in individuals and society. This lesson includes a project an assessment, web resources, and worksheets.
Students understand the facts about drugs and what can also impact the whole school population.  In this drug information lesson students complete research on the Internet and a drug abuse crossword handout. 
Students increase understanding of the drug issue and further develop skill in graphing.
There is science behind the adage, "Cheaters never prosper!" Biochemistry or physical education classes find out how steroids, blood doping, and other performance-enhancing methods claim to work, and how unreliable and even dangerous they are. Best used in a flipped classroom, learners can watch this as an introduction or enrichment assignment. Links to reference websites provided should you want to assign additional research.
Students examine the social differences between Canada and the United States. They create and present Venn Diagrams comparing various characteristics (and stances on issues such as recreational drugs and same-sex marriage) of these two countries.
A comprehensive lesson that takes a look at psychoactive plants with this one focusing on the opium poppy. Information about the history, culture, use, source and effects are discussed. There are weblinks to reliable sources about drugs and their effects.  There are video clips to watch and then have discussion.  There are many questions posed for diswcussion throughout the lesson.
Students investigate the interference of various drugs on an embryo through experimentation. This is an open-ended lab to allow students to see effects of various chemicals humans choose to put in their bodies and create questions they can test in future experiments.
In this psychology worksheet, students write short answers to 5 questions on states of consciousness. They list the different classes of recreational drugs and functions of sleep.
Students investigate society by completing worksheets and taking a quiz. In this sociology lesson, students read assigned texts and answer worksheet questions about everything from drugs in our community to religion in the United States. Students compare their work to an answer key and take a quiz at the end of the lesson.
Plan a wellness day! Invite speakers from community resources to come and present and participate in a wellness day. Reinforce how important it is to take care of the whole body and how the choices they make now can make a difference later. Planning a wellness day will take a lot of time and energy so start this early in the school year.
Learners share opinions about prescription drugs and prepare public service campaigns to inform peers and adults about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Their ads also offer prevention techniques and possible methods of treatment.

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