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Lesson Plans

The Real Risks of Marijuana

Created by : 
Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students will understand the health risks associated with marijuana use. An article and worksheet get students to think critically about the short- and long-term health effects, the science of addiction, and how marijuana use can affect their lives. 

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Teacher's guide
  • Student worksheet
  • Vocabulary list

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding the risks associated with marijuana use
  • Critical thinking
  • Science literacy

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 class period


  • Printer/copier for student activity sheet

Alignment with National Standards: 

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


  • English