Lesson Plans

Questions About Drugs—Answers From Scientists

Created by : 
Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse

This article and lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, explores some of students’ common questions about drugs and health and answers from scientists at NIDA. Activities encourage students to synthesize the information they have learned about drugs and think about the dangers of different types of common drugs.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Work sheets
  • Critical-thinking questions
  • Writing prompts
  • Vocabulary list

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding the dangers of different types of drugs
  • Critical thinking

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 class period


  • Printer/copier for student handouts
  • Optional—Internet access for additional readings, videos, and interactive website

Alignment with National Standards: 

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


  • English