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A Dangerous Mix

A Dangerous Mix

June 2019

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students will get an understanding of the unexpected and potential dangerous effects associated with mixing medications and over the counter drugs. Includes an adapted version for grades 4-6 reading level. 

Grade: 6-12

Acids, Bases and Cocaine Addicts

Acids, Bases and Cocaine Addicts

July 2016

This interactive module introduces high school students to basic biology and chemistry principles using the pharmacokinetics of cocaine and crack cocaine. Students learn how the structure of a drug affects whether it can be smoked and whether it can pass through a biological membrane. This is one of six modules from the Pharmacology Education Partnership.

Grade: 9-12

Drugs of Abuse

Addiction: Genetics and the Brain

October 2015

Teens have the opportunity to explore the impact of various drugs on the brain and body.  This site provides an overview of many of the drugs that are abused and is useful for the other learn.genetics sites.

Grade: 6-12

An Introduction to the Brain and Nervous System: Brain Power!

An Introduction to the Brain and Nervous System: Brain Power!

July 2016

In this module students learn the parts of the brain, the functions of these parts, and how the brain communicates with the rest of the body. At the end of the module, students take part in a Challenge activity, giving visual presentations on brain parts and brain messages. 

Grade: 6-9

Be a Science Fact-Checker

Be a Science Fact-Checker

June 2018

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students build skills that let them separate good science from misinformation. Students learn to spot the signs of misleading news and look for clues that indicate information is based on fact. This is especially important for teens who are inundated with stories on social media about important topics such as their health.

Grade: 6-12

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

Cool Science Careers

Cool Science Careers

October 2015

Students explore careers in science through a series of interactive exercises. They can find their perfect career match in Professional Pathfinder or try out a career in Imagine Yourself. Facts and answers to common questions about science careers round out the series of games.

Grade: 6-12

Critically Thinking About a Nicotine Addiction Study

Critically Thinking About a Nicotine Addiction Study

October 2017

Students develop critical thinking skills as they analyze and evaluate scientific explanations about nicotine addiction and the medication varenicline. They will analyze a scientific study, find sources of potential bias, analyze data tables, construct graphs, and evaluate results. This is one lesson of the seven-part curriculum Transforming Science for Critical Thinkers. 

Grade: 6-8

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