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Brain Power: Grades 4-5

Drugs in Society (Module 1)

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This introductory Brain Power! mission is designed to encourage the students to think about drugs, and their impact on our society. They will be asked to think about the differences between legal and illegal drugs and to find examples in the media that show how drugs are presented. The students may be surprised to discover that drugs are mentioned often in all types of media. After making this observation, they will have a better understanding of why drug use is a pervasive problem in our society.

Learning Objectives

  • Students understand the difference between legal and illegal drugs.
  • Students find examples of how drugs are presented in the media.
  • Students create a scrapbook identifying how drugs are presented in print media, movies, and electronic media.
  • Students draw conclusions about why drug use is a pervasive problem in our culture.

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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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