Resources for Teachers
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
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.gov.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Mind Over Matter
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)
NCADI is operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Many free publications are available here.
- Drug Abuse Sourcebook. Health Reference Series, Vol. 14. [Shannon,JB, ed.] Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics, Inc., 2010.
Basic health-related information about the abuse of legal and illegal substances, such as caffeine, cocaine, and amphetamine.
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.
- Focus on Medicines. [DeStefano, S. & Neuhaus, D.] Frederick, MD: Twenty-First Century Books, 1990.
This book, part of the “Drug-Alert Book” series, gives a good overview of medicines and how various medicines work with the body and the brain to help healing.
- Focus on Nicotine and Caffeine. [Perry, R.] Frederick, MD: Twenty-First Century Books, 1997.
This book, part of the “Drug Alert Book” series, gives a good overview of nicotine and caffeine, and how each of these drugs affects the body and brain.
- 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 recreational 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 is developed specifically for teens. It provides information on drugs.
Cite this article
NIDA. (2012, September 1). Brain Power: Grades 4-5. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/brain-power/brain-power-grades-4-5