Lesson Plans

Ask, Listen, Learn: How Marijuana Affects the Developing Brain

  • Grade level: 6
  • Includes 1 lesson plan on marijuana, comprehension questions, vocabulary resources, worksheets, student activity, educator primer
  • Can be paired with lessons 1-7 How Alcohol Affects the Brain
  • Teaches how marijuana affects the endocannabinoid system, the risk associated with marijuana use, and how students can make healthy choices
  • Duration: One 30-45 minute lesson
  • Standards aligned with: Common Core State Standards, National Health Education Standards, Next Generation Science Standards
  • Source(s): Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

Cannabis/Marijuana Awareness & Prevention Toolkit

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes: Lesson plans, worksheets, factsheets, Kahoot online quiz, PowerPoint presentations, and activities.
  • An educational resource created by teachers and researchers that covers four modules including Cannabis: The Basics, Health Effects, THC and the Brain, Refusal Skills and Social Norms
  • Duration: 45 minutes- 1 hour per module
  • Source: Stanford University School of Medicine

Marijuana: Download the Facts

  • Grade level: 7-8
  • Includes 4 lessons with worksheets: Marijuana Facts, Consider the Source, Think It Through, and Analyzing Media Messages
  • Teaches about the effects of marijuana on the body and brain; the difference between a fact and opinion; how to analyze editorial cartoons; and how to analyze messages in a popular song or music video
  • Duration: 4 20-min class periods with additional time for extension activities
  • Standards aligned with: National Council of Teachers of English and National Science Education Standards
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) & Scholastic

Additional Resources

Mind Matters: The Body’s Response to Marijuana

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes a student booklet and a Teacher’s Guide with suggested classroom activities
  • Student booklet is available online (with video) or for download
  • Explains what marijuana is and the short- and long-term effects of marijuana on the brain and body
  • Sources(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

*Also available in Spanish