General

Lesson Plans

Stress and Drug Abuse

  • Grade level: 8
  • Includes lesson with student article, worksheet, and pre- and post-lesson quiz
  • Provides information about how to make smart choices when you are overwhelmed; facts about stress; and the connection between stress and drug use
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Standards aligned with: National Science Education Standards
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Scholastic

Drugs + Your Life

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes lesson plan with student article, student work sheet, and class discussion questions
  • Teaches about how drugs and alcohol can affect a person’s chances for a happy and healthy life; how to evaluate sources of statistics to determine whether they are reliable; and, critical thinking
  • Duration: 1 class period
  • Standards aligned with: National Science Education Standards and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Scholastic

How Do Genes Affect Addiction?

  • Grade level: 6-8 (also contains adapted lessons for 4-6th grade reading level)
  • Includes lesson plan with student article, worksheet, and tiered vocabulary list (also has adapted lesson for 4th – 6th grade reading level)
  • Teaches about the risk factors for addiction, including genetics; and, choices students can make to reduce their risk
  • Standards aligned with: Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and National Science Education Standards
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Scholastic

Recovery from Drug Addiction

  • Grade level: 6-8
  • Includes lesson plan with student article, worksheet, class discussion questions, vocabulary lists, and writing prompts
  • Teaches about addiction as a disease of the brain and recovery; discusses why on person may become addicted and another may not; and, includes chart of protective factors and risk factors
  • 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

Additional Resources

Mind Matters

  • Includes teacher guide, background information, lesson plans, and activities for student booklets
  • Guide associated with nine student booklets (drugs and the brain, marijuana, nicotine, opioids, anabolic steroids, cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, methamphetamine, and prescription drugs)
  • Source(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

2017 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)

Project ALERT (Adolescent Learning Experiences Resistance Training) Curriculum

  • Includes free evidence-based program with pre- and post-test, 14 lesson plans, 12 projectable classroom posters, 8 short videos, supplemental resources, and teen leaders program that is available online free of charge and
  • Teaches about drug use and pro-drug mindset of today’s teens
  • Duration: 6-7+ class periods
  • Standards aligned with: National Health Education Standards
  • Source(s): RAND Corporation

NIDA: Drug Facts

  • Includes links below to related substances
  • Focuses on what the substance is, its addictive properties, and its effects on the brain and body
  • Sources(s): National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Bath Salts

Cocaine

Heroin

Inhalants

MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly)

Methamphetamine (Meth)

Salvia

Spice