Curricula

Picture of Brain Power! Challenge Grade 6-9: Science-Based Drug Abuse Information for Students

Offers an interactive science education program for students in grades 6–9 about the brain and the effects of drugs on the body. Includes six modules, a teacher’s guide, a parent newsletter, and a CD-Rom.

Picture of Brain Power! Challenge Posters Grade 6-9 (5 groups of 6 different posters in 1 set)

A poster set providing visual aids for an interactive science education program for students in grades 6–9. See accompanying curriculum, Brain Power! Challenge Grades 6-9: Science-Based Drug Abuse Information for Students. Topics include the parts of the brain, the nervous system, neurotransmission, withdrawal, alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, prescription drugs, stimulants, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, inhalants, steroids, opioids, club drugs, methamphetamine, THC, HIV, tolerance, compulsion, and addiction science.

Picture of Brain Power! The NIDA Junior Scientist Prog: Grades 4-5 DVD

Offers an interactive science education program for students in grades 4–5 to explore the human brain and the effects of drugs on the brain. Includes six modules, a teacher’s guide, parent newsletter, poster, and DVD for Mac computers. Online videos available for other devices.

Picture of Brain Power! The NIDA Junior Scientist Program Posters: Grades K-1

Offers supplemental posters to an interactive science education program for students in grades K–1 about scientists, the brain, the nervous system, healthy behaviors, and the effects of drugs on the human body.

Picture of Drugs + Your Body: It Isn’t Pretty (Teaching Guide) Poster

Front: Powerful imagery shows teens and young adults how drugs of abuse damage major organs. A provocative and engaging educational tool. Back: Four critical-thinking activity worksheets and lesson plans on drugs of abuse: a basic neuroscience lesson on how the brain governs the body; an in-depth look at how different drugs damage various vital organs; an activity using a diagram to explore how abusing drugs can damage relationships; and an exercise on how to read a statistical graph on emergency room visits to show the impact of drugs on society.

Picture of Heads Up: Drugs & The Body - It Isn’t Pretty. Double Sided English and Spanish Poster

A graphic tour of how the body is affected by various drugs of abuse. Includes an annotated “body” poster for your classroom wall along with six skills sheets. One side in English; the other in Spanish.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 12-13 Compilation for Students

For teens (grades 7–12). A collection of articles designed to teach students about the wide-ranging effects of various drugs on the brain, body, and life. Topics include marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, anabolic steroids, prescription drugs, opioids, tobacco, inhalants, and drugged driving. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 12-13 Compilation for Teachers

A collection of articles and teacher lesson plans designed to teach students (grades 7–12) about the wide-ranging effects of various drugs on the brain, body, and life. Topics include marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, anabolic steroids, prescription drugs, opioids, tobacco, inhalants, and drugged driving. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 13-14 Compilation for Students

For teens (grades 7–12). A collection of articles designed to teach students about the extraordinary complexities of the brain, including such topics as how drugs overload the brain's reward system; how actions in youth impact the brain's efficiencies through synaptic pruning; and why teen brains are inclined toward impulsivity and the benefits of "pausing" before making decisions. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 13-14 Compilation for Teachers

A teacher lesson plan designed to teach students (grades 7–12) about the extraordinary complexities of the brain, including such topics as how drugs overload the brain's reward system; how actions in youth impact the brain's efficiencies through synaptic pruning; and why teen brains are inclined toward impulsivity and the benefits of "pausing" before making decisions. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 14-15 Compilation for Students

For teens (grades 7–12). A collection of articles designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: sort out questions about marijuana amidst shifting perceptions and laws; gain a scientific understanding of drug addiction, relapse, and recovery; and learn facts about e-cigarette risks and evaluate e-cigarette marketing. Additional topics include tobacco and nicotine. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 14-15 Compilation for Teachers

A teacher lesson plan designed to teach students (grades 7–12) the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: sort out questions about marijuana amidst shifting perceptions and laws; gain a scientific understanding of drug addiction, relapse, and recovery; and learn facts about e-cigarette risks and evaluate e-cigarette marketing. Additional topics include tobacco and nicotine. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 15-16 Compilation for Students
A collection of articles designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: find unbiased, scientific answers to their questions about drugs and health; understand how their brains make decisions and how to better navigate peer-pressure situations; and receive information on the bodily risks associated with opioid medications. Additional topics include marijuana, alcohol, drugged driving, tobacco, hookah, caffeine powder, MDMA (also called Molly or Ecstasy), Spice (also called K2), heroin, prescription drugs and naxolone. Accompanying teacher's guide also available.

Picture of Heads Up: Real News About Drugs and Your Body- Year 15-16 Compilation for Teachers
A collection of teacher lesson plans designed to teach students the facts about timely and practical topics in drug education. Students will have the opportunity to: find unbiased, scientific answers to their questions about drugs and health; understand how their brains make decisions and how to better navigate peer-pressure situations; and receive information on the bodily risks associated with opioid medications. Additional topics include marijuana, alcohol, drugged driving, tobacco, hookah, caffeine powder, MDMA (also called Molly or Ecstasy), Spice (also called K2), heroin, prescription drugs and naxolone. Accompanying compilation available for your students.

Picture of Respect Teaching Guide Poster
This guide develops students’ understanding of how respect is key to healthy behaviors and building healthy relationships. Includes a classroom poster, lessons and activities, and work sheets.
Picture of The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction

Equips teachers and students in grades 9 through 12 with interactive curriculum on the neurobiology of the brain as a result of drug abuse and addiction.