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Lesson Plans

The Awesomely Evolved Human Brain

Created by : 
Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn about the brain's ability to make predictions and solve ambiguities and how drugs might compromise these capabilities.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Student article
  • Student worksheet

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding of brain's reward system
  • Critical thinking
  • Science literacy

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 Class period


  • Printer/copier for student worksheet and article

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • Common Core State Standards


  • English