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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

Drugs and Health Blog: Alcohol

Drugs and Health Blog: Alcohol

August 2016

Timely blog posts feature emerging trends and apply the science of drug use to real life. The teacher’s guide features classroom activities and discussion questions for use with selected posts to encourage students to think critically about how drugs and drug use can affect them.

Grade: 6-10

Critical Thinking of Topiramate Study

D’Scerner: Critical Thinking of Topiramate Study

October 2017

Students use critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem-solving skills to evaluate scientific evidence on treating alcohol dependence with topiramate. They will compare and contrast study journal and media reports to determine potential bias, as well as identify independent, dependent, and controlled variables in the study. This is one lesson of the seven-part curriculum Transforming Science for Critical Thinkers.

Grade: 6-8

Legal Doesn’t Mean Harmless: Brain Power!

Legal Doesn’t Mean Harmless: Brain Power!

July 2016

In this module students learn how nicotine and alcohol cause a number of negative effects on the body and brain, ranging from mild symptoms to addiction. Students will also learn why these drugs are illegal for children and teens. Following the lesson, students will complete a puzzle competition as part of the Challenge series. Additional activities include a mock trial on the legal drinking age, an experiment, the student magazine, the CD-ROM, and handouts. This is one of six modules designed for students in grades 6-9 to learn about the brain and the effects of drugs on the body.

Grade: 6-9

Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP)

Science Education Against Drug Abuse Partnership (SEADAP)

June 2017

This program, designed for use in the science classroom, uses the aquatic flatworm (planarian) to teach students how drugs work in the brain to produce addiction. In these lessons, students have the opportunity to conduct experiments designed to help them discover the impact of caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol on the functioning of neurons and the brain. 

Grade: 6-12

Transforming Science for Critical Thinkers

Transforming Science for Critical Thinkers

June 2017

Students have the opportunity to expand their critical thinking skills through this series of lessons. They begin by reading an actual published scientific study that was transformed into an age-appropriate format. They must analyze the report, find sources of potential bias, analyze data tables, construct graphs and evaluate the results. 

Grade: 6-8