A Dangerous Mix

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students will get an understanding of the unexpected and potential dangerous effects associated with mixing medications and over the counter drugs. The activity will also educate teens about how mixing substances with alcohol or ellicit drugs increases those risks. Includes an adapted version for grades 4-6 reading level. 


What's in the Lesson Plan:

  • Student article
  • Student worksheet
  • Vocabulary list
  • Writing prompts
  • Answer Key

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills Targeted:

  • Understanding the risks associated with mixing substances
  • Critical thinking
  • Science literacy

Time / Duration:

  • 1 class period


  • Printer/copier for student handouts

Alignment with National Standards:

  • Common Core State Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards Practices
  • National Science Education Standards
  • National Council for the Social Studies


  • English

Teacher's Guide and Student Worksheet

Student Article