Lesson Plans

Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty

Created by : 
Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse

This poster and set of worksheets, developed in partnership with Scholastic, provide students with scientific facts about how drugs affect different parts of the body, including the brain, and encourages them to think critically about how drug use can affect a person’s health and interpersonal relationships. Facts about drug use are presented in scientific charts and statistics, which students must read and understand to complete the worksheet activities.


The four lessons and critical thinking student worksheets include: 

  • The Brain-Body Connection: how the brain communicates with the body.
  • Drugs + Your Body: It Isn't Pretty: the harmful effects of specific drugs on organs.
  • Drugs + Your Life: It Isn't Pretty: the consequences of drug abuse.
  • Drugs + Society: Emergency Room Visits: how to analyze statistics on emergency room visits due to alcohol and drug abuse.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Classroom Poster
  • Four lessons and critical thinking student worksheets

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding how drugs can affect different parts of a person’s body and life
  • Reading scientific charts and statistics
  • Critical thinking

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 to 4 class periods


  • Printer/copier for student handouts
  • “Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty” poster

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • Science (NSES/NRC)
  • Language Arts (IRA/NCTE)


  • English
  • Spanish