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Lesson Plans

“Wiring” Your Brain

Created by : 
Scholastic and the National Institute on Drug Abuse

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students learn that the choices they make today can help to shape and "wire" how their brains will operate as adults. They will also learn how drugs impact their development and the risks associated with drug use.

What’s In the Lesson Plan: 

  • Student article
  • Student work sheet

Grade Level(s): 

6789101112

Student Skills Targeted: 

  • Basic knowledge of brain development
  • Critical thinking

Time / Duration: 

  • 1 Class period

Materials: 

  • Printer/copier for student handouts

Alignment with National Standards: 

  • Common Core State Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards

Languages: 

  • English