Marijuana Teacher Resources

Legal or illegal? Medical miracle or gateway drug? With all the myths and misinformation surrounding marijuana, finding current, reliable resources can seem like a pipe dream. Lesson Planet has collected and reviewed lesson plans, activities, and interactives appropriate for health classes and for interdisciplinary study. A good place to begin the conversation about any drug is with resources that separate myths from facts and that examine what students perceive to be true.

As part of a study of health and wellness, it is also important to include resources that provide young people with the results of scientific research into substance abuse and the effects of drugs on physical and mental health. Yes, times are changing, as are attitudes and laws governing tobacco and marijuana use and scientific understanding of effects of these drugs. Students can also research the history of marijuana regulation from the 1800s to 2018.

The discussion need not be limited to health classes. There are interdisciplinary activities appropriate for a school-wide awareness campaign and resources designed to be shared with parents and guardians. Take some time to browse through these materials that provide resources for most grade levels.

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In Sync Personal Development: Year 9

For Teachers 9th Standards
Change is inevitable—learning how to manage those changes is the focus of the 10 lessons In Sync Personal Development unit module designed for high school freshmen. Scholars develop behaviors and strategies for identifying and expressing...
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Marijuana Quiz

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
There are facts about marijuana, there are myths about marijuana—and there is everything in between. An online quiz challenges middle and high schoolers to assess their knowledge about marijuana and the potency, potential harm, and legal...
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Marijuana: Perception of Harm vs. Use

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Many teenagers don't believe that marijuana is harmful, but if they do, it affects whether they use it or not. Analyze the relationship between what high school seniors believe about marijuana and their tendency to use it with a reading...
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What You Need to Know about Marijuana Use and Pregnancy

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Some people believe that using marijuana during pregnancy is safer than smoking tobacco, but studies show several negative impacts on babies whose mothers used marijuana while they were pregnant. Use a fact sheet to educate learners...
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What You Need to Know about Marijuana Use and Driving

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Research indicates that marijuana can negatively affect coordination and judgment, making it dangerous to drive while under the influence. But does it increase the risk of car crashes? An informative fact sheet describes the ways...
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What Parents Need to Know About Marijuana Use and Teens

For Parents 7th - 12th
The teenage years find adolescents yearning for independence—and often isolating their parents from their everyday lives. Educate parents on the warning signs of marijuana use, including its effects on the brain and the likelihood of...
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Marijuana: Breaking Down the Buzz

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Teenagers get the real information about marijuana use based on the history of tobacco legislation and research. As they read an educational passage about marijuana laws, science, and changing attitudes, they address their preconceptions...
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Lesson 3 - Marijuana

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
It's never too early to talk to your young grade schoolers about the dangers of marijuana. Here's a short lesson plan to discuss some basic information about what happens to the body and the brain when someone smokes marijuana. After the...
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The Science of Marijuana—How THC Affects the Brain

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Marijuana can affect every part of a user's life—starting with the delicate nervous centers of the brain. An informative article and worksheet prompt teenagers to learn more about how the THC found in most forms of marijuana can...
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Is Marijuana Bad for Your Brain?

For Students 6th - 12th
With many states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, more research can be done into how the body responds to and processes the drug. Find out what is now known about how marijuana affects the brain through a short video.
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Marijuana Facts for Teens

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Is marijuana addictive? Can you drive under the influence of marijuana? What happens if you smoke marijuana while you're pregnant? Teenagers learn the answers to these and many more frequently asked questions in an online booklet about...
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Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Almost 600,000 Americans are arrested each year for marijuana possession. Pupils decide if marijuana should be legalized for recreational use after reading state-by-state laws and the top pro and con arguments. The resource also includes...
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Marijuana Facts

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Can marijuana really hurt you? Three medical facts and three discussion questions prompt teenagers to consider the ramifications of using marijuana recreationally.
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Marijuana Awareness

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
February is Marijuana Awareness Month, and a set of interdisciplinary activities can make your class aware of the social, medical, legal, and psychological effects of marijuana. With writing prompts, research opportunities, and...
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Facts About Marijuana

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Can marijuana help with depression? Are there any long-term effects of using marijuana? Is it safer to drive high than it is to drive drunk? Several important facts about marijuana challenge pupils to confront the myths they may believe...
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Marijuana: Breaking Down the Buzz

For Students 4th - 12th Standards
There are a lot of myths surrounding marijuana. Read a passage that clarifies the dangers of teens smoking marijuana, its harmful effects on the development of the brain, and the possible correlation of cigarette smoking to marijuana...
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The History of America’s Weed Laws

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
To understand the laws regarding marijuana use in the United States, you can go all the way back to the 1800's to learn about farming hemp, or you can go back to 2018 when California became the sixth state to legalize recreational...
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Alcohol and Marijuana "Gateway Drugs"

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders use the internet to research the effects of alcohol and marijuana. They present strategies for resisting peer pressure.
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The Medical Marijuana Debate

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students, in groups, prepare presentations about issues surrounding the debate over medical marijuana use in Canada.
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An Investigation of the Effects of Marijuana and Alcohol

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners, in groups, research the physical, psychological and social effects of alcohol and marijuana on the people who use them. They prepare a class presentation with their research.
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Marijuana: Help Someone Kick the Habit

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students define substance abuse, assess how they and their friends have been affected by marijuana, evaluate how pot users are hurting themselves, and explore how teens can stay away from or stop smoking pot.
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Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
What's the difference between medical marijuana and marijuana bought on the street? Not much. High schoolers learn more about marijuana with an informational booklet that focuses on the medical uses of THC, how marijuana affects the...
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Marijuana

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students identify the main parts of the body that are affected by using marijuana.
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The Dangers of Marijuana

For Teachers 6th - 12th
In this marijuana word search, students find words warning of the dangers of smoking marijuana. They explore terms such as hallucinations, inhibitions, paranoia and other negative aspects of the drug. There are approximately 33 words...

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