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Lesson Plans

Pushing Pause: Leveled Article

Created by : 
Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse

In this article, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn that pausing, paying attention, and not giving up are key parts of self-control. They will gain an understanding of how the brain creates and processes emotions.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Student article

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Critical thinking
  • Science literacy

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 Class period


  • Printer/copier for article

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • Common Core State Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards


  • English