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)
store.samhsa.gov, 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
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