Marijuana Facts: Breaking Down the Myths

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn what researchers have discovered about marijuana’s risks for teens, such as how it can make driving a car unsafe and lead to lower grades. A student article explains marijuana risks, and a work sheet and critical thinking questions encourage analysis. Students can also develop a public service announcement to explain the risks to their peers.


What's in the Lesson Plan:

  • Student article/informational sheet
  • Student work sheet
  • Critical thinking questions

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills Targeted:

  • Understanding the risks of marijuana use
  • Communicating scientific facts to peers
  • 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