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Stories of Painkiller Addiction: Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Campaign

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The I-STOP law was designed to regulate the distribution and tracking of prescription drugs. After reading an article about its signing and implementation, middle and high schoolers work together to come up with their own ideas for an...
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Stories of Painkiller Addiction: Contemplating Nature vs. Nurture

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Does having an addict in your family make it more likely to become one yourself? Explore the genetic risk factors, as well as the prominent environmental influences, for substance addiction in a lesson that encourages awareness and open...
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Stories of Painkiller Addiction: The Cycle of Addiction

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Drug addiction, including prescription drug addiction, begins with a reason that's different for every user. High schoolers learn more about the reasons people begin abusing drugs with a set of videos and worksheets that discuss four...
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Drugs and Safety Precautions

For Students 5th
Drugs can both help and harm depending on how they are used. Fifth graders complete a activity that provides background information on prescription drugs. They read the text and then describe why medication manufacturers label pill...
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The Cycle of Addiction

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners examine how families and peers influence their decision making.  In this addiction instructional activity students study the cycle of addiction to drugs and what can be done to prevent it. 
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Stories of Painkiller Addiction: Myth or Fact

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Are opioids the most abused drug after marijuana? How hard is it for young people to obtain painkillers without a prescription? Middle and high schoolers explore the growing epidemic of opioid addiction with a lesson that prompts them to...
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Drugs Change the Way Neurons Communicate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine that certain drugs interfere selectively with neurotransmission, and realize that the effect of a drug is dependent upon dosage and route of administration.
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The Drug Dope Show

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In small groups, students research an assigned drug category including its physical effects, addiction treatments and the societal, academic and economic impacts of drug abuse. They engage in a "talk show" and discussion about drug...
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The Effects of Drugs

For Students 8th - 12th
In this drugs worksheet, students learn about how drugs act on the body, their medicinal uses, and the abuse of drugs. Students classify a list of drugs as either a stimulant or a depressant. This worksheet has 5 short answer and 8...
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The Nervous System and the Effects of Drugs

For Students 9th - 12th
In this nervous system worksheet, students review 12 terms associated with the structures and functions of the nervous system plus the effect of drugs on this body system. Students will find these 12 words in a word search.
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Tobacco Addiction

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research nicotine addiction. In this tobacco lesson plan, 4th graders explore the reasons people become addicted to smoking. Students examine the health risks caused by nicotine addiction and create anti-smoking posters.
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Drugs

For Students 7th - 10th
In this drugs activity, students list reason why people abuse drugs and reasons drugs can be dangerous. Students also list signs that someone is abusing drugs. This activity has 1 multiple choice and 3 short answer questions.
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What is Love?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Love is "potentially the most intensely thought about thing in all of human history." We rank, define, and fall into love...but what is it really? Explore the various ways humanity has come to define love, from a set of behaviors or an...
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The Longest Day

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Read or watch "Long Day's Journey Into Night," then analyze the concept of co-dependence behavior that takes place in this story. Collaborate with each other and discuss how the characters in the story might have been different if they...
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Betty Ford: One Day at a Time

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students view a video about Betty Ford and how her candid admission of her own battles with addiction has enabled others to face their own addictions. She has done the same for breast cancer, since she was First Lady of the US.
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Psychological Disorders

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Sparknotes provides this 10-question interactive quiz on psychological disorders. It includes questions on drug addiction, OCD, post-traumatic stress, antisocial behavior, schizophrenia, and more.
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Breaking News English: UK Doctors' Drink/Drug Problem

For Students 5th - 10th
In this English worksheet, students read "UK Doctors' Drink/Drug Problem," and then respond to 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.
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Skin: The Behavior and Health Connection

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers explore how personal behavior can affect health, especially the health of your skin. They become better aware of how their personal behavior and the environment can have a considerable impact on their health in general....
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Commonly Confused Words: Homonyms

For Students 4th - 8th
Depending on the English language proficiency of your current class, you could use this online resource with learners across several grade levels. There are 20 questions included here; can your langophile identify which homophone fits in...
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Substance Abuse

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify and define the symptoms of differently forms or substance and self abuse. They formulate opinions as to why people engage in these types of behaviors. Students create an action plan to help an individual who may be...
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Hierarchical Organization in Biology: Students Presentations of Neurobiology

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students gather (research) information on neuron structure and action potential. Students are guided to make inferences about the synapse and its relationship to neurotransmitter release and action. They are also guided to make...
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Journalism: Underage Drinking

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students research underage drinking and read a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association about the issue. They interview experts on substance abuse and liquor store owners about their policies. Students publish their...
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All Fats Are Not Created Equal

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Apply robotics to connect physical properties to chemical properties. Future engineers use robots to determine the melting points of various fats and oils. The robots can do this by measuring the translucency of the fats as they heat up.
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Psychology Concept Maps

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This 18-page document lists the primary topics and concepts related to a variety of psychology subjects, from personality and memory to neuroscience and cognition. For a quick synopsis of subtopics, or perhaps to determine a topic for a...

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