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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.
Students 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.
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.
In this literary analysis worksheet, learners respond to 4 short answer and essay questions based on themes of Drugs and Alcohol in All the King's Men. Students also debate the validity of two thesis statements about the text.
Learners 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.
Young scholars 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
A comprehensive lesson plan 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 plan.
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.
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 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 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.
In this psychology instructional activity, learners write short answers to 5 questions on states of consciousness. They list the different classes of recreational drugs and functions of sleep.
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 instructional activity, students use a scripted series of scenes for a play to understand facts and data concerning addiction in individuals and society. This instructional activity includes a project an assessment, web resources, and worksheets.
Students understand the facts about drugs and what can also impact the whole school population.  For 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.
Students 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.
Students experience the effect of sensory stimulation through a guided visualization. They explore possible genetic relationships between drug addiction and the nervous system by reading and discussing, "Genetic Studies Promise a Path to Better Treatment of Addictions." They research a specific drug and explore how it interacts with the nervous system. Finally they create short plays to educate peers about the effects of drugs on the nervous system.
Learners 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.

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