The activities listed below provide links to other areas in the curriculum.
- Have the students conduct research on the Internet or in newspapers and magazines about scientific research. For example, have them look up brain research and find out about a couple of different discoveries over the past 10 years. Ask students to determine whether progress was made through collaboration or competition. What does that say about the role of collaboration in scientific research?
- Ask the students to look for examples in the media of how addiction affects people’s lives. Then have them write a short summary of what they find out. In general, do they find that drug use usually has a positive or negative effect on people’s lives? What does this tell them about drugs?
- Go to the Library or Media Center and find books or articles about addiction. What additional information is available? Then tell the students to write or draw how addiction changes the brain and the functioning of neurotransmitters.
Brain Power Video Modules: Grades 4-5
T-shirts, Stickers, and Buttons: Grades 4-5
As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior.