The Brain's Response to Drugs

Marijuana affects the brain differently than inhalants, which have a different effect than opioids. Elementary and middle school classes read about these drugs as well as nicotine, methamphetamine, hallucinogens, and steroids before completing word puzzles for each category of drugs.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Feature the informational reading in a language arts class before exploring the details of each drug in science or health
  • Have class members split into small groups, each focusing on research for the different drugs featured in the packet
Classroom Considerations

  • Does not indicate which pages are for student use
Pros

  • Includes an answer key for each word puzzle
  • Covers an array of drugs, making the packet ideal for a general health lesson on drug abuse
  • Pamphlets with informational text for students are attached
Cons

  • None