A Dangerous Mix

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


Lesson Plan Highlights:

  • Student activity sheets
  • Student article
  • Teacher's prompts

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills:

  • Analyzing and interpreting information, data, and/or evidence
  • Critical thinking
  • Understanding health effects and risks

Time / Duration:

  • 1 class period


  • Printer/copier for student handouts


  • English

Academic Standards:

    Common Core State Standards

    • RST.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts
    • W.1. Write arguments to support claims using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence

    National Council for the Social Studies

    • 8. Science, technology, and society

    National Science Education Standards

    • Personal health
    • Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges

    Next Generation Science Standards

    • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Teacher's Guide and Student Worksheet

Student Article