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Brain Power: Grades 6-9



  • Read the Background section of this module for more information about the effects of prescription drugs and inhalants on the brain and body.
  • Provide students with the Module 3 magazine Drugs in the Cupboard for background knowledge.
  • Determine which activities you want the class to complete.
  • Arrange for computer lab time or prepare the classroom computer for students’ Internet and CD-ROM use.
  • Photocopy and pass out the Prescription Drugs, Inhalants, and the Brain Fact Sheet for students to complete during the lecture.
  • Prepare transparencies and photocopies for the lesson.
  • Gather colored paper for Activity 1.


Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Handouts: Module 3 magazine (PDF, 4.3MB)

Reading: Begin by giving students adequate time to read the student magazine. Have students pay particular attention to the following sections: Background, Stats and Facts, and Science in the Spotlight.

Discussion: After students have read the magazine, facilitate a discussion about the brain using the following questions. If necessary, review this information with your students using the diagrams provided.

Prescription Drugs and Inhalants

  • Who should take prescription drugs? When?
  • What are the three classes of prescription drugs?
  • Should a person use a prescription drug that has been prescribed for someone else?
  • How does inhalant use injure the brain and body?
  • What is the name of the insulation around neurons that is damaged by inhalants?

This page was last updated June 2007

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NIDA. (2007, June 1). Brain Power: Grades 6-9. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/brain-power/brain-power-grades-6-9

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