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Click on the links below for printable work sheets, interactive web activities, and quizzes in the Heads Up series.

NEW! The Power of Pausing
Students answer critical-thinking questions about possible consequences of real-life scenarios and how pausing could influence the outcomes. Use with Lesson Plan: Pushing Pause(First published 2014)

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NEW! Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty (Web Interactive)
Using dynamic descriptions, graphics, videos, and quizzes, this web interactive demonstrates how drug use can ravage the body. This resource is ideal for classroom study, individual projects, and presentations. (First published 2014)

 

Train Your Brain
Students decode scrambled sentences as an experiment in how the brain learns. Then, they answer critical-thinking questions that connect their findings to real-world situations. Use with Lesson Plan: “Wiring” Your Brain.

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Brain Power!
Students solve brainteasers and answer critical-thinking questions about how drugs interfere with specific survival abilities in real-world situations. Use with Lesson Plan: The Awesomely Evolved Human Brain.

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Statistics: More Than Numbers
Students analyze graphs and use basic statistical probability skills to respond to critical thinking questions about how stimulant use increases the likelihood of certain violent behaviors. Use with Lesson Plan: Drugs + Your Life.

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Alcohol + Drugs = Magnified Effects
Students use scientific facts regarding how drugs impact key areas of the body to respond to questions about the health effects and consequences of drug abuse. Use with Lesson Plan: Drugs + Your Body.

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Mission Control: Understanding the Brain’s Central Control System
Students use scientific facts regarding key areas of the brain and what they control to respond to questions about the health effects of drug abuse. Use with the Lesson Plan: Drugs + Your Brain

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Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty
These printable worksheets provide factual details and critical-thinking questions on the effects drugs have on the brain and body—including harmful physical and psychological consequences that affect individuals, families, friends, and communities.  Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty

Printable Work Sheet 1: The Brain-Body Connection (PDF)
Students will learn how the brain communicates with the body.

Printable Work Sheet 2: Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty (PDF) (two pages)
Students will learn the harmful effects of specific drugs on organs.

Printable Work Sheet 3: Drugs + Your Life: It Isn’t Pretty (PDF)
Students will think critically about other consequences of drug abuse.

Printable Work Sheet 4: Drugs + Society: Emergency Room Visits (PDF)
Students will analyze statistics on emergency room visits due to alcohol and drug abuse.

 

What Do You Know About “Medical Marijuana”? 
Students take a quiz to find out what they have learned regarding “medical marijuana” and the FDA approval process for new medications. Use with the Lesson Plan: The Myth of “Medical Marijuana” 

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The Effects of THC on the Brain 
Students use scientific facts regarding marijuana to label parts of the brain and respond to critical thinking questions about how marijuana can influence behavior. Use with the Lesson Plan: The Science of Marijuana: How THC Affects the Brain

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Marijuana Facts: Use Your Knowledge
Students use factual information regarding marijuana use to create public service announcements about the drug. Use with the Lesson Plan: Marijuana Facts: Breaking Down the Myths.

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Marijuana: Download the Facts
The following printable work sheets give your students important tools to help them analyze the meaning behind media and social messages. Paired with essential facts about the risks associated with marijuana use, these work sheets will equip your students to make informed decisions. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Marijuana: Download the Facts. (First published 2011)

Printable Work Sheet 1: Marijuana Facts (PDF)
Students will use facts about marijuana use to answer critical-thinking questions.

Printable Work Sheet 2: Consider the Source (PDF)
Students will identify differences between fact and opinion.

Printable Work Sheet 3: Think It Through (PDF)
Students will “read” and understand editorial cartoons.

Printable Work Sheet 4: Analyzing Media Messages (PDF)
Students will identify and analyze hidden messages in popular music to understand how that exposure might influence their decision making.

Classroom Poster (PDF)

 

Web Hunt: Myths vs. Facts: Prescription Drugs
There’s a lot of information out there about prescription drugs for teens to consider, and it can be tough to distinguish myths from facts. In this online Web Hunt, students research facts about prescription drugs from the scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

 

What Do You Know About Prescription Stimulants?
Students take a quiz to find out what they have learned about prescription stimulants. Use with Lesson Plan: Prescription Stimulants.

 

What Do You Know About Prescription Pain Medications?
Students take a quiz to find out what they have learned about prescription pain medications. Use with Lesson Plan: Prescription Pain Medications.

 

Q&A on Prescription Drugs 
Students read answers to frequently asked questions about prescription drugs and then answer critical-thinking questions. Use with Lesson Plan: Straight Talk on Prescription Drugs.

 

Drug Facts vs. Myths (PDF) (English Version) 
Students complete a four-step activity to identify facts vs. myths regarding a question they have about drugs. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Drug Facts: Shatter the Myths.

 

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Questions from the National Drug IQ Challenge (PDF)(English Version)

Students test their drug smarts by answering questions from the National Drug IQ Challenge. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Drug Facts: Shatter the Myths.

 

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Students can take the complete National Drug IQ Challenge online at: drugfactsweek.drugabuse.gov/IQchallenge.php

 

Web Hunt: Questions About Drugs, Answers from Science 
Every day, teens are bombarded with messages about drugs and drug abuse through music, movies, TV, the Internet, and their friends. How can you find out what the truth is about drugs? In this online Web Hunt, students discover facts from the scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

 

Role-Play: Facts Into Action 
Students role-play in hypothetical situations involving tobacco, alcohol, and prescription drugs. Students put facts about drugs into action to tell what action they would take in each scenario, and why, and the consequences they might face. Use with Lesson Plan: Facts Into Action.


The Case of the Teen Brain
Students learn more about the teen brain by studying this article, based on research by a real NIDA scientist. Then they complete questions about the research and the scientific method. Use with Lesson Plan: TSI: Teen Science Investigations.


Getting the Facts About Drugs and Addiction
Students find facts to answer real questions asked by teens during NIDA’s Drug Facts Chat Day.Use with Lesson Plan: Real Questions, Real Answers About Drugs


What Do You Know About "Rehab" and Drug Addiction?
Students take a quiz to find out what they know about treatment for drug addiction. Use with Lesson Plan: The Truth About "Rehab" and Drug Addiction.


What Do You Know About Stimulants?
Students take a quiz to find out what they know about stimulants. Use with Lesson Plan: Stimulant Addiction.


Trends in Teen Drug Use
Collecting, graphing, and analyzing data are key parts of scientific research and reporting. Students study a line graph to analyze national trends in teen drug use from 1996 to 2007, and then answer related questions. Use with Lesson Plan: Teen Science-Investigators.


What Do You Know About Genetics and Addiction?
Students take a quiz to find out what they know about genetics and its role in addiction. Use with Lesson Plan: Genetics and Addiction.


Teens and Decision Making: A Quiz
Students take a quiz to find out what they know about the teen brain and how teens make decisions. Use with Lesson Plan: Teens and Decision Making.


Creating a Personal Health Journal
A personal health journal is a great way for teens to keep track of all that's going on as they learn more about themselves and their health. This worksheet provides tips for students when creating a health journal to record information and questions about their health. Use with Lesson Plan: Teen Health: Talking With Your Doctor.


What Do You Know About Hydrocodone?
Students take a quiz to find out what they know about hydrocodone and other commonly abused prescription drugs. Use with Lesson Plan: The Truth About Hydrocodone.


What Do You Know About Impairment From Drug Abuse?
Students take a quiz to find out what they know about drug abuse, impairment, and the dangerous consequences of "drugged driving." Use with Lesson Plan: Drug Abuse and Impairment.


What Do You Know About the Health Effects of Drug Abuse?
Students take a multiple-choice quiz to find out what they know about the health effects of drug abuse and addiction.Use with Lesson Plan: Heath Literacy and Drug Abuse.


What Do You Know About Stress and Drug Abuse?
Students take a multiple-choice quiz to find out what they know about stress and its connection to drug abuse. Use with Lesson Plan: Stress and Drug Abuse.


What Do You Know About Tobacco Addiction and Secondhand Smoke?
Students take a multiple-choice quiz to find out what they know about tobacco addiction and secondhand smoke. Use with Lesson Plan: Tobacco Addiction and Secondhand Smoke.


What Do You Know About the Science of Addiction?
Students take a multiple-choice quiz to find out what they know about drugs and drug addiction. Use with Lesson Plan: The Science of Addiction.


Scavenger Hunt
Students use their Web-searching skills to find answers to questions about drugs and drug abuse.


The Science of Teen Decision Making (PDF)
Students read a short article and complete a fill-in-the-blank activity to learn more about how the brain works. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Facts on Drugs: Teen Guide to Making Smart Decisions.


Drugs and Your Brain (PDF)
Students read a short article about how drugs such as THC and opioids can adversely affect many areas of the brain, including the cerebral cortex (distorting thinking, perception, and judgment), the cerebellum (distorting coordination and balance) and the prefrontal cortex (affecting decisions and promoting risk-taking), and the brain stem (slowing breathing and heart rate). Then they complete a multiple-choice activity. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Facts on Drugs: Teen Guide to Making Smart Decisions.


Drugs and Your Body (PDF)
Students read short descriptions of what specific drugs such as prescription painkillers, inhalants, methamphetamine, MDMA (ecstasy), cocaine, marijuana, nicotine, and alcohol can do to the body. Then they complete the true-or-false activity. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Facts on Drugs: Teen Guide to Making Smart Decisions.


Peer Influence (PDF)
Students read a short article about how peer influence affects decision making. Then, using facts they learn, they write about how they might respond to certain scenarios. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Facts on Drugs: Teen Guide to Making Smart Decisions.


What Do You Know About Drugs and Your Body? (PDF)
Students take a quiz to find out what they know about drugs and the brain and the body. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Facts on Drugs: Teen Guide to Making Smart Decisions


Obesity and Drug Addiction—What Do You Know? (PDF)
Students take a quiz to test their knowledge of obesity, drug addiction, and the possible connection between them. Use with Lesson Plan: Obesity and Drug Addiction (PDF).


Dangerous Cravings and the Brain (PDF)
Students read about an experiment using rats to find out if increasing the number of D2 receptors in rats’ brains would decrease the amount of alcohol consumed by rats that had been trained to prefer alcohol over water. Then students analyze the results and draw conclusions. Use with Lesson Plan: Dangerous Cravings and the Brain (PDF)


What Do You Know About Teen Drug Trends? (PDF)
Students take a quiz to test their knowledge of teen drug-use trends, including inhalants, OxyContin®, and Vicodin®, three substances that present a special risk for teens. Use with Lesson Plan: What Do You Know About Teen Drug Trends? (PDF)

 

How Inhalant Abuse Damages the Brain (PDF)
Students read about a scientific study to find out which parts of the brain are damaged by solvents, such as spray paint and paint thinner, and how the damage correlates with loss of mental functions. Then they analyze the results of the study. Use with Lesson Plan: How Inhalant Abuse Damages the Brain (PDF)


What Do You Know About Teens, Drugs, and Disease? (PDF)
Students take a quiz to test their knowledge of how drug abuse is linked to AIDS, HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), and hepatitis C. Use with Lesson Plan: What Do You Know About Teens, Drugs, and Disease? (PDF).


Heads Up: The Rising HIV Rates Among Girls and Women (PDF)
Students read about how epidemiologists study data showing how infection rates change over time in order to understand how AIDS is affecting women. Then they analyze the data and draw conclusions. Use with Lesson Plan: Heads Up: The Rising HIV Rates Among Girls and Women (PDF).


How Much Do You Know About Drug Addiction? (PDF)
Students take a quiz to test how much they know about drug addiction and the effects of drug abuse on the brain. Use with Lesson Plan: Heads Up: How Much Do You Know About Drug Addiction? (PDF).


Drug Abuse Affects Decision Making (PDF)
Students read about an experiment that scientists created to find out more about how drug abuse affects decision making. Then they analyze the data and results and draw conclusions. Use with Lesson Plan: Heads Up: Drug Abuse Affects Decision Making (PDF).


Messed-Up Messages: Addiction and Your Brain (PDF)
This worksheet provides a short article for students to learn more about how drug addiction affects the brain. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: You Can't Sniff Away Your Sorrows.


Path to a Healthy Future (PDF)
The right choices keep your brain at its best. Students read “Messed-Up Messages,” and then complete a maze activity by following statements that describe how the brain functions normally without drugs. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: You Can't Sniff Away Your Sorrows.


Drugs Change Your Brain (PDF)
Students learn how drug abuse can change the way the human brain works, and may alter the brain forever. Then they complete a fill-in-the-blank activity.Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: You Can't Sniff Away Your Sorrows.


Cause and Effect: How Drugs Change the Brain (PDF)
Students read “Drugs Change Your Brain” to learn how drugs of abuse cause changes in the brain that affect the way the drug user thinks and feels. Then they complete the activity by connecting each drug to the effect it has on the brain. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: You Can't Sniff Away Your Sorrows.


Stop Toxic Effects: Make the Connections (PDF)
Students learn the toxic effects of drugs on the human body. Then they complete the activity by connecting inhalants, steroids, marijuana, MDMA (ecstasy), and cocaine with how they can affect the body. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: You Can't Sniff Away Your Sorrows.


Remember Your Brain: A Crossword Challenge (PDF)
Students test their brains by completing this crossword puzzle about how the brain works and how drugs of abuse change the way the brain sends and receives messages. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: You Can't Sniff Away Your Sorrows.


Tragic Data: Understanding Stats (PDF)
Students study a data table from a survey of drug-related deaths in U.S. metropolitan areas and analyze the data to answer questions. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Drugs and the Body—It Isn't Pretty.


Activity Gone Bust (PDF)
Students conduct an experiment that simulates how basic functions can become difficult under the influence of marijuana. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Drugs and the Body—It Isn't Pretty.


Cross Drugs Off (PDF) 
Students complete a crossword puzzle about how drug abuse can affect the brain and the body. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Drugs and the Body—It Isn't Pretty.


Q&A—How Drug Abuse Affects the Brain and Body (PDF)
This Q & A activity answers questions students may have about how drugs can affect the brain, heart, lungs, liver, mouth, skin, bones, and kidneys. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Drugs and the Body—It Isn't Pretty.


How Common Drugs of Abuse Harm (PDF)
Students read a chart to learn about the effects and risks associated with the more common drugs of abuse. Then they take a pop quiz to show what they know. Use with Poster/Teaching Guide: Drugs and the Body—It Isn't Pretty.


A Prescription for Pain (PDF)
In this graph-reading activity, students study a graph that shows data on prescription drug abuse. Then they use the graph to complete a true-or-false quiz. Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities


Club-Drug Cheat Sheet (PDF)
Students create their own cheat sheets on the facts about the effects of the club drugs MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, and methamphetamine.Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities.


FAQs on Cocaine (PDF) 
This worksheet provides answers to frequently asked questions about cocaine and how it affects the brain. Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities.


Mixed-up About Heroin (PDF)
Students build a four-sentence paragraph using facts about heroin and the serious risks it poses to your health. Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities.


Nicotine News (PDF)
Students study a graph that shows the percentage of teens who use nicotine. Then they use the graph to complete a quiz. Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities.


Outsmart the Chart (PDF) 
Students can use this chart to review facts about major drugs of abuse. Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities.


Rave Realities: The Truth About Club Drugs (PDF)  
Use this worksheet to give students the facts about the club drugs MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, and methamphetamine. Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities.


Steroids: All-Over Horror (PDF)  
Students read about how steroids can mess with your brain and body. Then they complete a diagram to show what they’ve learned. Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities.


The Cocaine Course (PDF)
Have students use this KWL worksheet to record what they know, what they want to know, and what they learn about cocaine. Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities.


The Word on Marijuana (PDF)
Students study a glossary of terms related to marijuana, and then complete a fill-in-the-blank activity to show what they know. Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities.


Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Inhalants (PDF)
This worksheet provides important facts for students about inhalants and how they can affect your brain and body.Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities.


Inhalants: True or False? (PDF)
Students read “Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Inhalants,” and take a true-or-false quiz to show what they know.Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities.


What's the Question? (PDF)  
This Jeopardy-style quiz tests students’ knowledge of cocaine, heroin, inhalants, LSD, marijuana, MDMA (ecstasy), and steroids.Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities.


Your Brain At a Glance (PDF)
Students learn about parts of the brain, and how drugs change how the brain works. After reading, students complete a diagram of the brain.Use with Activity Book: 14 Drug Education Activities.


Short-Term Memory Quiz
This quick quiz will assess short-term memory, which can be affected by marijuana and other drugs. Students will be given 30 seconds to look at a list of 15 words. They will be scored on how many words they can recall.