Opioids: What You Need to Know

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students will learn what opioids are, their potential dangers, and how to use opioids safely. Includes an adapted version for grades 4-6 reading level.  


What's in the Lesson Plan:

  • Student article
  • Student worksheet
  • Vocabulary list
  • Writing prompts
  • Answer Key

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills Targeted:

  • Understanding the risks associated with misusing opioids
  • Understanding how to safely use opioids
  • Critical thinking
  • Science literacy

Time / Duration:

  • 1 class period


Printer/copier for student handouts 

Alignment with National Standards:

  • Common Core State Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards Practices
  • National Science Education Standards
  • National Council for the Social Studies


  • English

Teacher’s Guide and Student Worksheet

Student Article