NDAFW Activity Ideas: Activities in the Community

These community activities are designed to help students in grades 6 through 12 learn about the effects of drug use on the developing body and brain. Each activity is self-contained and can be done on its own. The activities have been developed for use during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW); they can also be used year-round.


What's in the Lesson Plan:

  • 9 separate activities that engage students’ creativity and problem-solving skills as they learn about the risks of drug use.

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills Targeted:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Analyzing evidence
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Writing
  • Creativity (designing a poster or logo)

Time / Duration:

  • Varies by activity: from 1 class period to a few hours (over several days)


Varies by activity

Alignment with National Standards:

  • All activities are informed by Standard 1 of the National Health Education Standards (NHES).
  • Activities are also variously informed by NHES 2–8.


  • English

NDAFW Activities in the Community