Lesson Plans

Ask, Listen, Learn: Lesson Plans on Alcohol and the Brain

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes seven lesson plans with teacher’s guides, vocabulary lists, activities, and comprehension questions
  • Teaches about alcohol and the brain, the central nervous system; and, different parts of the brain
  • Duration: up to 7 class periods
  • Standards aligned with: Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Source(s): Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

Legal Doesn’t Mean Harmless: Brain Power!

  • Grade level 6-8
  • Includes 1 step-by-step module, resources for students, parents guide, and online activities
  • Teaches about negative effects of nicotine and alcohol on the body and brain
  • Duration: 1 class period (with activities (e.g. mock trial on legal drinking age) for subsequent classes)
  • Standards aligned with: National Science Education Standards
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Reach Out Now

  • Grade level: 6
  • Includes three lesson plans with worksheets, poster, and a pre- and post-assessment quiz
  • Teaches about how alcohol affects the brain and body; and how to make smart choices
  • Duration: 3+ classes (to complete all lessons plans)
  • Standards aligned with: National Standards for Science/Personal Health, Reading/Writing
  • Source(s): Scholastic

“Targets” Media Literacy Lesson

  • Grade level: 7-8
  • Includes lesson plan with teacher instructions, PBS video, discussion questions, fact sheet and student collage/poster presentations
  • Teaches students about media literacy by understanding how and why alcohol advertisers target young people
  • Duration: 2-3 class periods
  • Standards aligned with: McREL Behavioral Study Standards
  • Source(s): PBS

Additional Resources

2019 National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge

  • Includes worksheet quiz (printable or online/interactive) with twelve questions, answers page (available in English and Spanish)
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA: Drug Facts

  • Includes link for NIDA Alcohol facts: Alcohol
  • Focuses on what alcohol is, its addictive properties, and its effects on the brain and body
  • Sources(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

The Cool Spot Website

  • Includes information about alcohol, peer pressure, and risks of underage drinking
  • Teaches student to facts about alcohol and ways to resist peer pressure
  • Source(s): U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and