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Brain Power: Grades 4-5


The lists below include resources for teachers and students.

Resources for Teachers

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    www.drugabuse.gov, 301-443-1124
    This Web site contains information about drug abuse and a section designed specifically for parents, teachers, and students. Publications and other materials are available free of charge at drugpubs.drugabuse.com.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Mind Over Matter
    teens.drugabuse.gov/MOM/TG_intro.php, 301-443-1124
    This Web site was developed to educate children about the biological effects of drug abuse on the body and brain.
  • National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
    store.samhsa.gov, 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    NCADI provides information and materials on substance abuse. Many free publications are available here.
  • Drug Abuse Sourcebook. Health Reference Series, [Shannon, JB, ed.] Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, Inc., 2010.
    Basic health-related information about the abuse of legal and illegal substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, and inhalants.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): NIDA for Teens
    This site is developed specifically for teens. It provides information on drugs.

Resources for Students

  • Focus on Drugs and the Brain. [Friedman, D. & Neuhaus, D.] Frederick, MD: Twenty-First Century Books, 1990.
    This book, part of the “Drug-Alert Book” series, describes the function of the brain and nervous system, and how drugs affect the body.
  • Inhalant Drug Dangers (Drug Dangers Series). [Monroe, J.] Berkley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2002.
    This book explains the serious risks associated with abusing chemical substances, including sections on how these chemicals work on the human body and sections on societal pressures put on children that lead to abuse.
  • Bottled Up. [Murray, J.] New York, NY: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2004
    This book is the story of a 16-year-old boy who has experienced problems with alcohol and marijuana. The book describes the issues he faces as a result of substance abuse.
  • The Encyclopedia of Drugs and Alcohol (Reference). [Roza, G.] New York, NY: Franklin Watts, Inc., 2001.
    Written for ages 9 through 12, this book covers more than 250 commonly used and abused, legal and illegal drugs, including prescription, over-the-counter, and illegal drugs.
  • National Institution Drug Abuse (NIDA): Mind over Matter
    This series is designed to encourage students in grades 5-9 to learn about the effects of drug abuse on the brain and body.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): NIDA for Teens
    This site was developed specifically for teens. It provides information on drugs.

This page was last updated September 2012

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NIDA. (2012, September 1). Brain Power: Grades 4-5. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/brain-power/brain-power-grades-4-5

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