Stayin' Clean: Alcohol-, Drugs- and Tobacco-Free

Hanin Bearat
Grade Level: 
Arizona State Science Education Standards: 
1. STRAND 1: Inquiry Process: Concept 2 (Scientific Testing)PO1: demonstrate safe behavior and appropriate procedures, PO3: conduct a controlled investigation to support or reject a hypothesis, PO4: perform measurements using appropriate scientific tools, PO5: keep a record of observations, notes, sketches, questions, and ideas using written and/or computer logs Concept 3 (Analysis and Conclusions), PO1: analyze data obtained in a scientific investigation to identify trends, PO2: form a logical argument about a correlation between variables or sequence of events, PO5: explain how evidence supports the viability and reliability of a conclusion, Concept 4 (Communication), PO1: communicate the results of an investigation 2. STRAND 3: Science in Personal & Social Perspective, Concept 2 (Science & Technology in Society), PO1: propose viable methods of responding to an identified need or problem, PO3: design and construct a solution to an identified need or problem using simple classroom materials
This lesson is designed to educate youth on the effects of various substances of abuse on their bodies. It specifically covers the effect of alcohol on the liver (as well as other parts of the body), the effect of drugs on the brain and the effect of tobacco on the lungs. The first part of the lesson is intended to be completely inquiry-based, with little information given to the students aside for a few directions and relying on their notes and observations. In this lesson, students rotate through different stations (3 lab stations and 3 reading stations) to do hands-on activities relating to the different organs and the substances which affect them, as well as read articles about each organ, its function and what the substance of abuse does to that organ. Students then match the reading and lab scenarios and explain their reasoning. The second part of the lesson aims at providing facts, statistics, images and videos on each of the categories. The lesson concludes with analysis of various advertisements for alcohol, drugs and tobacco, and the students designing their own “anti” ad to discourage others from using these substances.

The lesson is designed for students to learn the following:
• Experiment with lab activities relating to substance abuse and their effects on various organs
• Read articles on the organs, their functions and the effect of substances on them
• Use inquiry and problem-based learning to analyze and determine the correct matches of the lab activities to the readings
• Gain knowledge on the effects of alcohol, drugs and tobacco on their bodies
• Use propaganda techniques to analyze tobacco, alcohol and drug industry advertisements and their underlying messages
• Design an advertisement discouraging others from abusing substances

Lesson plan.doc110.5 KB
Links to Videos and Articles.doc28 KB
Lesson Presentations.ppt3.18 MB