Dear Teacher: As an educator, you are aware of how important it is for teens to have reliable information to answer their questions about drugs and drug abuse.
Scholastic and the scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have created this poster/teaching guide, Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty, to provide factual details and critical-thinking questions on the effects drugs have on the developing brain and body—including harmful physical and psychological consequences that affect not only individuals, but also families, friends, and communities.
To access the Poster/Teaching Guide, follow the links below:
- Lesson Plan, including alignment with national standards
- Four turnkey printable worksheets (links below) and Answer Key
- A full-color mini-poster (PDF)
- Also available: Expanded, interactive web version for students
Printable Worksheet 1: The Brain-Body Connection (PDF)
Students will learn how the brain communicates with the body.
Skills: Scientific diagrams, critical thinking
Printable Worksheet 2: Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty (PDF) (two pages)
Students will learn the harmful effects of specific drugs on organs.
Skills: Tables/charts, critical thinking
Printable Worksheet 3: Drugs + Your Life: It Isn’t Pretty (PDF)
Students will think critically about other consequences of drug abuse.
Skills: Causal diagrams, decision-making, critical thinking
Printable Worksheet 4: Drugs + Society: Emergency Room Visits (PDF)
Students will analyze statistics on emergency room visits due to alcohol and drug abuse.
Skills: Graphs, critical thinking
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