Lesson Plans

It's A Brain Thang!

Created by : 
Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH)

A three-episode series of medial tools teaches children from African American churches about the science of drug addiction. In SpaceScouts, the curriculum is embedded within a storyline. The more didactic approach, LockerTalk, presents the content within the format of an interactive game.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • 12 educational 20-30 minute YouTube episodes (or purchase the SpaceScouts DVDs)
  • 3 downloadable games
  • Moderator’s guides for SpaceScouts and LockerTalk
  • Workbooks for SpaceScouts and LockerTalk

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Knowledge of the brain and how drugs impact functioning, consequences, and treat
  • Understanding of the potential social consequences of drug abuse
  • Understanding of treatment options for drug abuse and addiction

Time / Duration: 

  • Educational episodes: 6 class periods
  • Interactive games: 3 class periods


  • Computer with Internet access per 1 or 2 students
  • Various materials for activities, e.g., masking tape, balls, buckets, etc.  

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • National Science Education Standards


  • English