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Find FREE science- and standards-based classroom lessons and multimedia activities on teens and drugs – all funded or created by NIDA.
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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

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

D'Scerner: Critical Thinking of Opioid Study

D'Scerner: Critical Thinking of a Study: Opioids: Prescribing Patterns and Overdose-Related Deaths

October 2015

Students develop critical thinking skills as they analyze and evaluate scientific explanations about patterns in prescribing opioid pain medicines and deaths related to overdose. 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

Drug Facts Challenge game

Drug Facts Challenge!

August 2019

A Jeopardy-style game where students select from one of five categories—brain and addiction; marijuana; prescription drugs; tobacco, nicotine, and e-cigarettes; and inhalants—and a point amount. The science-based “answer” displays, allowing students the opportunity to determine the “question.” 

Grade: 6-12

Drug Scene Investigators

Drug Scene Investigators (DSI)

October 2015

Students are introduced to four short stories, each involving use of an illicit drug. The students must use clues from the stories, witnesses, and scenes, and from doing laboratory experiments to develop a hypothesis and identify the drug in the story.

Grade: 6-9

Drug Testing: A Hair-Brained Idea!

Drug Testing: A Hair-Brained Idea!

July 2016

In this interactive module, the distribution of drugs throughout the bloodstream and their accumulation in a specific target (i.e., hair) is used to teach students about the chemical properties of drugs, the properties of biological membranes, conversion of drugs to metabolites by enzymes in the liver, and more.  This is one of six modules from the Pharmacology Education Partnership.

Grade: 9-12

Drug use, addiction, and the adolescent brain

Drug Use, 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: Teacher's Edition

Drugs + Your Body

July 2016

This lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, teaches students about some of the devastating effects drugs can have on their bodies. A work sheet explains how alcohol can magnify the effects of some drugs and encourages students to think about how combining dangerous substances could make them even more dangerous.

Grade: 6-12

Drugs + Your Body Interactive

Drugs + Your Body Interactive

July 2016

An interactive activity, developed in partnership with Scholastic, that provides scientific information about how drugs and alcohol can harm a person’s brain, skin, lungs, mouth, and heart, and even cause death. Students can explore the interactive activity, which includes videos, quizzes, and links to further resources, as a group or individually.

Grade: 6-12

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