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Brain Power: Grades 6-9


  1. Have students develop a public relations campaign against marijuana use. Refer them to www.abovetheinfluence.com as an example. They can develop posters to put around the school as well as announcements to be delivered over the PA system. If the school has a TV station, students could develop a short announcement to be broadcast on the school’s news program. Have students set a timeframe that the campaign will run and a goal for its outcome.
  2. Have students develop a PowerPoint® presentation on the effects of marijuana on the body and the brain. The presentation could include illustrations of the brain, charts and graphs, and relevant statistics.
  3. Have students keep a “log” of when and where they see mention of marijuana in popular media. Ask them to cut out or copy newspaper magazine articles, and keep a record of when they notice references to the drug on television. Ask them to think about the differences between how the drug is represented, and what science can tell us about the effects of drugs on the brain and body.

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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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