Drugs + Your Brain

This lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, provides scientific information about four major areas of the brain and what they do. Students learn how common drugs—such as marijuana, alcohol, and cocaine—affect different areas of the brain. The student article also discusses the chemical changes in the brain that can lead to drug addiction and overdoses.


What's in the Lesson Plan:

  • Student article
  • Student work sheet
  • Critical thinking questions

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills Targeted:

  • Understanding major parts of the brain
  • Familiarity with the negative effects of common drugs
  • Critical thinking

Time / Duration:

  • 1 class period


  • Printer/copier for student handouts

Alignment with National Standards:

  • National Science Education Standards
  • McREL


  • English

Teacher's Guide and Student Worksheet

Student Article