Lesson Plans

E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know

Created by : 
Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students gain a scientific understanding of the known hazards and potential risks of electronic cigarettes, which deliver nicotine in vapor instead of smoke. Activities encourage students to analyze how e-cigarette marketing strategies are designed and how they might influence teens. Includes a leveled version for grades 4-6 reading level. 

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Student article
  • Student work sheet
  • Vocabulary lists
  • Writing prompts
  • Reading suggestions

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding the known hazards and potential risks of e-cigarettes
  • Media literacy
  • Critical thinking

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 class period


  • Printer/copier for student handouts

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • National Science Education Standards
  • National Council for the Social Studies


  • English