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Brain Power: Grades 6-9


Activity 1: Piece It Together

Time: 15 minutes

Supplies: Photocopies of Puzzle Pieces (cut out prior to activity)

Module 2 magazine (PDF, 2MB)

Handouts: Puzzle pieces, Nicotine and the Brain worksheet, and Alcohol and the Brain worksheet (PDF, 668KB)
(See Table of Contents for correct pages)

Tell students that this is the second activity of their competition. The first group to complete the task wins five points. Students should use the “Nicotine and the Brain” and “Alcohol and the Brain” handouts from the lecture and the magazine content to help them complete this activity.

  1. Divide the class into their Brain Power! Challenge groups and tell the groups to move next to each other around a desk. (If the class is large, it might be better to work on the floor.)
  2. Give each student a copy of the Puzzle Pieces handout. The definitions should be cut apart so each one is on a different piece of paper. The puzzle pieces are designed so that the definitions are gray and the words are white.
  3. The puzzle pieces include words and definitions from the module. Students will need to arrange the pieces so that the correct definition is next to each word.
  4. The team that completes this task correctly in the shortest time wins. Record the winning group’s points on the Group Scorecard.

Ideas for making this activity more suitable for a bigger class: Each member of the team could complete the puzzle individually, and the team with the most correct puzzles in the predetermined amount of time could win the five points.

Activity 2: Underage Drinking and the Media

Time: 45 minutes

Supplies: Timer, if needed

Pen or pencil

Handouts: Media Report Card (PDF, 885KB)

Popular television shows and movies often depict underage drinking. It is important for teens to think critically about the media’s portrayal of alcohol use and recognize both the accuracies and inaccuracies.

Divide the class into groups of 4 to 6 students. Give students about 10 minutes to list television shows and movies that portray underage drinking using the Media Report Card and assign each example an accuracy grade. Students should justify each grade in the comments section of the Media Report Card. Have each group present its two highest and lowest graded examples and explain the reasoning behind each grade assignment.

Tell students to ask the following questions as they determine grades for each television show and movie:

  • How often is underage drinking depicted?
  • What is the tone of the scene(s) in which underage drinking is depicted? For example, is the scene comic, designed to elicit laughs? Or does it take underage drinking more seriously?
  • Are the consequences of underage drinking shown?
  • How are the effects of alcohol on the brain and body depicted?

Room 2 (Online Version)*

Includes games and materials to supplement the information presented in the module. The room labeled “2” contains the following activities and specific information pertaining to this module:

  • Learning Objectives: these are presented at the beginning of each CD-ROM module
  • Meet Acetylcholine: an introduction to the acetylcholine neurotransmitter, and how nicotine uses the same receptors
  • Nicotine Knockout: a game in which players must stop nicotine from getting to the receptors
  • Chalkboard Facts: this is a listing of facts about how alcohol affects a developing brain
  • Inter-lobe Loop: an interactive quiz where students “travel” through the brain and answer questions about how alcohol affects different brain parts
  • Module Quiz: this quiz is the final part of the module, intended to assess students’ learning

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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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