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Grades 6-9

Relationship to the National Science Education Standards

This lesson aligns with three standards in the NSES: risks and benefits; personal health; and structure and function in living systems. The chart below shows how the activity aligns with these standards.

Science in Personal & Social Perspectives How the Lesson is Aligned
Risks and benefits Personal health Students learn about the short- and long-term effects of nicotine and alcohol. These drugs can change how the body and brain function and can lead to addiction. Students can use this information in making decisions that affect their own health.
Life Science How the Lesson is Aligned
Structure and function in living systems Students will learn how nicotine and alcohol act in specific parts of the brain to alter the functioning of neurons. They will learn that these drugs ultimately affect the entire brain and body.

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