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Lesson Plans

Mind Matters Series

Created by : 
National Institute on Drug Abuse

A set of visually appealing booklets—The Brain’s Response to: drugs, marijuana, nicotine, opioids, cocaine, inhalants, methamphetamine, prescription stimulant drugs, and synthetic drugs like K2/spice and bath salts—that explain how the drugs change the way the communication centers in the brain work and ultimately cause their effects. All of the booklets are available in both English and Spanish. 

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • 11 booklets each addressing one drug topic
  • Mind Matters Teacher’s guide (online and English only)

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