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Find more than 90 FREE classroom lessons, multimedia activities, and more on the effects of drugs and drug use on the brain, body, and life of teens – all funded or created by NIDA.
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Acids, Bases and Cocaine Addicts

Acids, Bases and Cocaine Addicts

July 2016

This interactive module introduces high school students to basic biology and chemistry principles using the pharmacokinetics of cocaine and crack cocaine. Students learn how the structure of a drug affects whether it can be smoked and whether it can pass through a biological membrane. This is one of six modules from the Pharmacology Education Partnership.

Grade: 9-12

An Introduction to the Brain and Nervous System: Brain Power!

An Introduction to the Brain and Nervous System: Brain Power!

July 2016

In this module students learn the parts of the brain, the functions of these parts, and how the brain communicates with the rest of the body. At the end of the module, students take part in a Challenge activity, giving visual presentations on brain parts and brain messages. Additional activities include an Internet scavenger hunt, the student magazine, the CD-ROM, and handouts. This is one of six modules designed for students in grades 6-9 to learn about the brain and the effects of drugs on the body.

Grade: 6-9

BioEd Online Educational Materials

BioEd Online Educational Materials

June 2017

This site offers lessons for a range of grade levels. Topics cover the brain, neurons and the nervous system, diseases of the nervous system, human senses and movement, learning and memory, diseases of the nervous system, and the effects of drugs on the brain and body.  

Grade: 6-12

Brain Power! Grades 6–9

Brain Power! Grades 6–9

October 2015

A series of six modules takes students through a step-by-step exploration of scientific processes and how to use these processes to learn about the brain, the nervous system, and the effects of drugs on the nervous system and body. This series is part of the larger Brain Power! Challenge Program for grades K–9.

Grade: 6-9

BrainU

BrainU

October 2015

Three lesson plans explore the disease of addiction and the changes that take place in the brain. Students test the effects of alcohol on the roundworm in a laboratory experiment, play a card game that models the unknown potential for individual addiction, and investigate how neurons change their connectivity when exposed to the drug morphine.

Grade: 6-12

Cool Science Careers

Cool Science Careers

October 2015

Students explore careers in science through a series of interactive exercises. They can find their perfect career match in Professional Pathfinder or try out a career in Imagine Yourself. Facts and answers to common questions about science careers round out the series of games.

Grade: 6-12

Critically Thinking About a Nicotine Addiction Study

Critically Thinking About a Nicotine Addiction Study

October 2017

Students develop critical thinking skills as they analyze and evaluate scientific explanations about nicotine addiction and the medication varenicline. They will analyze a scientific study, find sources of potential bias, analyze data tables, construct graphs, and evaluate results. This is one lesson of the seven-part curriculum Transforming Science for Critical Thinkers. 

Grade: 6-8

CSI: The Experience - Web Adventures

CSI: Forensic Web Adventures

October 2015

Teens become rookie CSI agents as they explore virtual scenarios and solve a crime. They learn forensic science and find clues that help them unlock the mysteries of biology, including the effects of prescription drug abuse on the brain and body.

Grade: 6-9

D'Scerner: Critical Thinking of Opioid Study

D'Scerner: Critical Thinking of a Study: Opioids: Prescribing Patterns and Overdose-Related Deaths

October 2015

Students develop critical thinking skills as they analyze and evaluate scientific explanations about patterns in prescribing opioid pain medicines and deaths related to overdose. They learn the process of creating a scientific study to understand how science works and compare and contrast their analysis with that of traditional media articles. This is one lesson of the seven-part curriculum Transforming Science for Critical Thinkers.

Grade: 6-8

Drug abuse, addiction, and the adolescent brain

Drug Abuse, Addiction, and the Adolescent Brain

October 2015

Developed using the BSCS 5E Instructional Model, this curriculum is designed to teach middle school students about the science of how drugs impact the brain.  It contains several lessons that teachers can use to help students learn how drugs can change how the brain functions, causing changes in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Grade: 7-8

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