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. 


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