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Lesson Plans

An Introduction to the Brain and Nervous System: Brain Power!

Created by : 
National Institute on Drug Abuse

In this module students learn the parts of the brain, the functions of these parts, and how the brain communicates with the rest of the body. At the end of the module, students take part in a Challenge activity, giving visual presentations on brain parts and brain messages. Additional activities include an Internet scavenger hunt, the student magazine, the CD-ROM, and handouts. This is one of four modules designed for students in grades 6-9 to learn about the brain and the effects of drugs on the body. This series is part of the larger Brain Power! Challenge Program, which includes three additional modules: Grades K-1, Grades 2-3, and Grades 4-5. 

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • 1 step-by-step module
  • Resources for students
  • Parents guides
  • Online activities
  • CD-ROM activities (online version)

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Knowledge of the main parts of the brain
  • Understanding of the functions of the major brain parts
  • Explain the process of neurotransmission

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 class period


  • Computer with Internet access
  • Printer/copier for student handouts

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • National Science Education Standards


  • English