Lesson Plans

Mind Matters: Drugs and the Brain

Created by : 
National Institute on Drug Abuse

A visually appealing booklet for students that explains how drugs change the way the communication centers in the brain work and ultimately cause their effects. Formerly referred to as Mind Over Matters, this booklet is part of the Mind Matters series focused on easy-to-understand scientific facts.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Colorful booklet addressing the biological effects of illicit drugs

Grade Level(s): 

56789

Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding of biological drugs effects
  • Skills in reading comprehension

Time / Duration: 

  • 1-2 class periods

Materials: 

  • Computer with Internet access per 1-2 students OR
  • Order free copies of the booklets for students

Languages: 

  • English
  • Spanish