Lesson Plans

Stressed Out?

Created by : 
Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn about how the body’s stress response system works and the health consequences of ongoing stress. They also learn about healthy ways to manage stress and why using drugs or alcohol to try to cope with stress is a bad idea. 

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Student article
  • Student work sheet
  • Vocabulary list
  • Critical thinking questions
  • Writing prompts
  • Suggestions for further reading and videos

Grade Level(s): 


Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Understanding of the body’s stress response system
  • Learning healthy, drug-free ways to cope with stress
  • Critical thinking

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 class period


  • Printer/copier for student handouts

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • Common Core State Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • National Science Education Standards


  • English