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Mind Over Matter

This series is designed to encourage young people to learn about the effects of drug abuse on the body and brain with an eye to education prevention. Check out Exercise Your Brain for an interactive activity to find out what drugs do to the brain and body, a glossary of terms, and find out how the brain responds to drugs with Sara Bellum. Hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Published by National Institute of Drug Abuse in 2008

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Curriculum Areas:Education
Science
Themes/Keywords: Alcohol
Drug abuse
Drugs
Health
Tobacco


Vocabulary
marijuana, opiates, inhalants, hallucinations, anabolic steroids, nicotine, methamphetamine


Essential Question(s)
1. How do drugs affect the brain and body?
2. 

Discussion Question(s)
1. What drugs are commonly abused?
2. What happens if someone keeps using drugs?
3. How many times does someone have to take a drug to become an addict?
4. If drug addiction is a disease, is there a cure?

Extension and Activities
1. Share a real story about someone you know who was addicted and how they overcame their addiction.
2. Form a small group to discuss why someone might take a drug, become addicted, and what they might do about their addiction.


"My eCoach® has been an invaluable tool for developing projects with other teachers. It helps us to start with the standards, consider what we want our students to learn, and stay focused throughout the process. When we are finished, we have a complete project plan to use with our students and to share with colleagues. The plan looks professional and contains links to all the needed resources."


picturePhyllis Bartosiewicz
Teacher
Galesburg-Augusta Middle School, MI






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