Lesson Plans

Drugs + Your Body

Created by : 
Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse

This lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, teaches students about some of the devastating effects drugs can have on their bodies. A work sheet explains how alcohol can magnify the effects of some drugs and encourages students to think about how combining dangerous substances could make them even more dangerous.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Student article
  • Student work sheet
  • Class discussion questions

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding the negative health effects of some common drugs
  • Understanding how combining dangerous substances can make their effects even worse
  • Critical thinking

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 class period


  • Printer/copier for student handouts

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • National Science Education Standards
  • McREL


  • English