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Students explore over-the-counter drug abuse. In this health journalism lesson, 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.
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 instructional activity, they review the symptoms for someone high on drugs or alcohol.
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.
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.
High schoolers 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.
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 explore the controversy surrounding performance-enhancing drugs. In 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.
Students explore performance-related drug use. In this health journalism lesson, 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 examine the dangers associated with smoking. In groups, they discuss what it means to be addicted to a drug and how the media influences our decisions. After watching excerpts of films, they identify the use of smoking and the reaction to the film by the public because of these images. To end the lesson, they discover the importance of making repsonsible choices when it comes to tobacco use.
Students examine how to make positive health decisions. They determine the factors that lead to healthy growth and development such as proper nutrition, physical fitness, and no drug or alcohol abuse. In small groups, they examine case scenarios to determine where the participants would be on a health continuum and what they decisions should be made to increase their healthy living.
Coral Reefs are the focus of a life science lesson plan. Upper graders look at how coral reefs are formed, how the animals and plants reproduce, and the variety of ways that humans benefit from coral reefs around the world. Groups of students identify the major coral reefs that are in danger due to human activities, and propose plans to reduce those negative impacts. A terrific PowerPoint presentation, and excellent weblinks are embedded in this plan.