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BioEd Online Educational Materials

BioEd Online Educational Materials

June 2017

This site offers lessons for a range of grade levels. Topics cover the brain, neurons and the nervous system, diseases of the nervous system, human senses and movement, learning and memory, diseases of the nervous system, and the effects of drugs on the brain and body.  

Grade: 6-12

Brain Power! Grades 6–9

Brain Power! Grades 6–9

October 2015

A series of six modules takes students through a step-by-step exploration of scientific processes and how to use these processes to learn about the brain, the nervous system, and the effects of drugs on the nervous system and body. This series is part of the larger Brain Power! Challenge Program for grades K–9.

Grade: 6-9

BrainU

BrainU

October 2015

Three lesson plans explore the disease of addiction and the changes that take place in the brain. Students test the effects of alcohol on the roundworm in a laboratory experiment, play a card game that models the unknown potential for individual addiction, and investigate how neurons change their connectivity when exposed to the drug morphine.

Grade: 6-12

CSI: The Experience - Web Adventures

CSI: Forensic Web Adventures

October 2015

Teens become rookie CSI agents as they explore virtual scenarios and solve a crime. They learn forensic science and find clues that help them unlock the mysteries of biology, including the effects of prescription drug abuse on the brain and body.

Grade: 6-9

Drug abuse, addiction, and the adolescent brain

Drug Abuse, Addiction, and the Adolescent Brain

October 2015

Developed using the BSCS 5E Instructional Model, this curriculum is designed to teach middle school students about the science of how drugs impact the brain.  It contains several lessons that teachers can use to help students learn how drugs can change how the brain functions, causing changes in thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Grade: 7-8

Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty

Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty

July 2016

This poster and set of worksheets, developed in partnership with Scholastic, provide students with scientific facts about how drugs affect different parts of the body, including the brain, and encourages them to think critically about how drug use can affect a person’s health and interpersonal relationships. Facts about drug use are presented in scientific charts and statistics, which students must read and understand to complete the worksheet activities.

Grade: 6-12

Drugs + Your Brain

Drugs + Your Brain

May 2016

This lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, provides scientific information about four major areas of the brain and what they do. Students learn how common drugs—such as marijuana, alcohol, and cocaine—affect different areas of the brain. The student article also discusses the chemical changes in the brain that can lead to drug addiction and overdoses.

Grade: 6-12

Drugs in the Cupboard: Brain Power!

Drugs in the Cupboard: Brain Power!

July 2016

Students learn about the damage inhalants and prescription drugs can cause to the brain when not used as intended or by someone for whom they are not prescribed. Abuse of these drugs can be common because they are legal and easily accessible. Following the lesson, students will participate in a Challenge activity where they will use colored papers to organize facts about these drugs.

Grade: 6-9

Drugs On the Street: Brain Power!

Drugs On the Street: Brain Power!

July 2016

This module discusses the short- and long-term effects of heroin and cocaine, including addiction. Following the lesson, the students will participate in an acronym activity as part of the Challenge series. 

Grade: 6-9

Critical Thinking of a Review Article on the Role of Dopamine in Addiction

D’Scerner: Critical Thinking of a Review Article on the Role of Dopamine in Addiction

October 2017

Students use scientific inquiry methods during laboratory and field investigations to analyze the importance of dopamine in the biology of addiction. Students develop scientific “habits of mind” as they learn the process of creating a scientific study to understand how science works and compare and contrast their analysis with that of traditional media articles. This is one lesson of the seven-part curriculum Transforming Science for Critical Thinkers.

Grade: 6-8

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