TITLE: Drugs and Alcohol
SUBJECT MATTER EMPHASIS AND LEVEL: 7TH-9TH grade health students (this
unit involves issues dealing with health, but also incorporates math and science)
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE UNIT: The students will learn about drugs and
alcohol. They will identify what drugs and alcohol do to the body as well as the effects
on the mind.
Students will participate in class activities concerning drugs, alcohol and tobacco and
discuss the effects on them and the people around them. A final project will consist of
small group design, presentation, and a short written report.
GOALS: The main purpose of this unit is to provide knowledge, introduce the
appropriate attitudes, and teach skills to students about learning to deal with drugs,
alcohol, and tobacco.
THE FOLLOWING IS A SPECIFIC LIST OF GOALS FOR THE UNIT
(Upon completion of this unit students will be able to)
1. Identify the effects that drugs, alcohol, and tobacco have on the mind and
2. Identify how drugs, alcohol, and tobacco can affect them socially.
3. Be aware of the fact that many students choose not to use drugs, alcohol, and
4. Inspire others to refrain from using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
5. Possess the necessary skills to resist using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
6. Encourage others to take advantage of certain resources available to help them
with drug, alcohol, and tobacco concerns.
7. Apply methods of prevention and what to do when drug, alcohol, and tobacco
8. Take steps toward living a healthy, “drug free” life and become an asset to the
9. See the impact of social influences when people choose to use or not use
drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
BELOW IS A LIST OF NATIONAL STANDARDS THAT ARE MET WITH THIS UNIT:
Level III: Middle school/Jar. High (Grades 6-8)
Knows community resources that are available to assist people with
alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems.
Knows public policy approaches to substance abuse control and
Knows the short- and long-term consequences of the use of alcohol,
tobacco, and other drugs.
Knows factors involved in the development of drug dependency and the
early observation signs and symptoms.
Knows conditions that may put people at higher risk for substance abuse
Level IV: High School (Grades 9-12)
Knows the short- and long-term effects associated with the use of alcohol,
tobacco, and other drugs on reproduction, pregnancy, and the health of
Knows how the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs often plays a
role in a dangerous behavior and can have adverse consequences on the
Understands that alcohol, tobacco, and other drug dependencies are
CONTENT: The content of this unit is all about Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and how
they affect individuals and the community as a whole. Students will design a project,
write a short report, and present their project to the class. Students will participate in
many group activities during class, where they will be learning and discovering ideas
together. For further information about the specific content, see the goals and major
learning activities sections.
PRIOR LEARNING, INTERESTS, MISCONCEPTIONS, AND CONCEPTUAL DIFFICULTIES
Students will need a basic knowledge about body functions. Students will need a basic
understanding of attitudes about drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Students will need a basic
understanding of sound moral values.
MAJOR LEARNING ACTIVITIES:
Influence card activity
Community service brainstorming
Internet search demonstration
Digital camera demonstration
Correcting misconception activity
Myths vs. facts demonstration
Reasons for use brainstorming activity
Brainstorm reasons for non use
Choosing not to use activity
Reasons not to use partner activity
Exploring supports and obstacles activity
Power of self-talk demonstration
Analyze self-talk skit
Negative take to positive talk activity
Think-first story telling model
Practice think-first activity
Resisting marijuana role playing activity
Resisting alcohol and inhalants role play activity
Facts about smokeless tobacco question and answer
Smokeless tobacco brainstorming and role playing
“Business cents” industries interests activity
Explore industries influence class discussion
Explore media influence brainstorming and role playing
Review purpose of school and other drug policies
Benefits of school drug policy class discussion
Analyze school drug policy activity
Examine consequences of drug use
Recognition of drug problems activity
Drug problems in the family storytelling
Explore reach out program
Explore offering help situation analysis
Guidelines for medicines use brainstorming
Overdose poisoning demonstration
Drug free community individual commitment statement
Community service brainstorming
MATERIALS AND RESOURCES:
Books and other resources
Teenage heath teaching module (choosing not to use)
Modern health text book
Lower elementary classes
A rubric will be used to set criteria for the project, written report, and
Daily assessment will be done for in class activities, role-playing.
Written test and quizzes will be given to test knowledge
MANAGEMENT: Students will be working in small groups at times during class. The
groups may be controlled by the teacher or students, at times will be given a choice to the
groups they may be in. The classroom will have computer access, and class rules will be
posted. Students will work at there desks unless otherwise instructed by the teacher. I
will be available before school for those students who desire extra assistance. If students
with special needs are involved I will make the necessary arrangements to accommodate
SUPPORT SERVICES AND SPECIAL TEACHER NOTES: A technician
coordinator may be of service for questions on technical procedures. The special
education department may be of service for special needs students.
TIME LINE: This unit involves 12 lessons and will take approximately 15 class
RUBRIC FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL UNIT
EXCELLENT (5 AVERAGE (3
POOR (1 POINT) SCORING
All students in the Not all students Only one student
group participate participate presents
Actively participate Some participation No participation
PRODJECT Typewritten 2 or more Type written less that
PAPER pages 2 pages
WRITTEN TEST 90% correct answers or 80% correct answers 70% correct answers
AND QUIZES higher or higher or higher