Marijuana

Lesson Plans

The Science of Marijuana: How THC Affects the Brain

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Lesson plan includes student article, student worksheet, and critical thinking questions
  • Teaches about the different areas of the brain; how the chemicals in marijuana move through the body; and, critical thinking
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Standards aligned with: National Science Standards and McREL
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Scholastic

Weeding Out the Grass: Brain Power!

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes 1 step-by-step module, resources for students, parents guide, and online activities
  • Goal is to use science to dispel the myth that marijuana is harmless
  • Teaches about short- and long-term effects of marijuana and how marijuana can adversely affect the brain
  • Duration: 1 class period (with additional activities for subsequent classes and different types of classes)
  • Standards aligned with: National Science Education Standards
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Marijuana: Download the Facts

  • Grade level: 7-8
  • Includes four lessons and worksheets: marijuana facts, consider the source, think it through, and analyzing media messages
  • Teaches about effects of marijuana on the body and brain; the difference between a fact and opinion; and, analyze media messages and how that exposure might influence decision making
  • Duration: 2+ class periods (for all four lessons)
  • Standards aligned with: National Council of Teachers of English and National Science Education Standards
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Scholastic

Marijuana Facts: Breaking Down the Buzz

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes student informational sheet, worksheet, critical thinking questions, writing prompts, vocabulary words, and additional reading selections
  • Teaches about how marijuana can affect a young person’s brain and life; the science of addiction; and the risks of drug and tobacco use
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Standards aligned with: Common Core State Standards, National Science Education Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and National Council for the Social Studies
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Scholastic

Marijuana Facts: Breaking Down the Myths

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes lesson plan with student informational sheet, worksheet, and critical thinking questions
  • Teaches about the risks of marijuana use; communicating scientific facts to peers; and, critical thinking
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Standards aligned with: National Science Education Standards and McREL
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Scholastic

Additional Resources

NIDA: Drug Facts

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

Mind Matters: Marijuana Student Booklet

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes marijuana student booklet
  • Focuses on what marijuana is and its addictive properties,
  • Sources(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Marijuana Facts for Teens Brochure

  • Includes informational packet
  • Teaches marijuana facts, risks of marijuana use, answers to common questions, and positive social norm messaging
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)