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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.gov.
  • 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.
  • Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior: The Pharmacology of Abuse and Dependence. [Brick, J. & Erickson, C. K.] Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 1998.
    This book presents a good overview of the brain, major classifications of drugs, how drugs work in the brain, and addiction.

Resources for Students

  • NIDA for Teens
    This Web site created for teens provides information on the science of drug abuse and addiction, including personal stories from teens and activities for students.
  • NIDA Partners with Scholastic Magazines
    This Web site provides science-based information about drug abuse to children.
  • Focus on Drugs and the Brain. [Friedman, D.] Frederick, MD: Twenty-First Century Books, 1990.
    This book, part of the "Drug-Alert Book" series, includes a section on each drug of abuse and addiction.
  • 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, developed specifically for teens, 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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