Prescription Stimulants

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn why misusing prescription stimulants, such as those prescribed to treat ADHD, is dangerous. A student article explains how stimulants work and what it means to abuse them. Students can make posters with factual information about prescription stimulants and stimulant abuse.


What's in the Lesson Plan:

  • Student article
  • Quiz and answer key
  • Discussion questions
  • Poster activity

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills Targeted:

  • Understanding what stimulants are and how they work
  • Understanding the difference between using drugs as prescribed and abusing them
  • 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