Drugs and the Teen Brain

This lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, provides scientific information about teen brain development and the effect of drugs and alcohol use on the brain. Students learn why they are at a greater risk of becoming addicted to drugs than adults. Includes an adapted version for grades 4-6 reading level. 


What's in the Lesson Plan:

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

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills Targeted:

  • Understanding of brain development
  • 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