Lesson Links

Lessons About the Brain

Instructorweb: The Nervous System 
This lesson plan is designed to be a general introduction to the nervous system on an elementary school level. The resources provided include student handouts and printable visual aids. Suitable for grades 3-5.

The Brain: What’s Going on in There?
Lesson plan from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse). This lesson uses student demonstrations, brain scan images, and case studies to teach that specific areas of the brain control specific functions, and shows the effects that alcohol can have on brain function. Includes alternative options for classrooms without computer access and provides printable materials. Suitable for grades 9-12; may be modified for use in grades 6-8.


Lessons About Human Fetal Development

Reproduction and Pregnancy
These lesson plans were designed by educators and health professionals in Canada. The three lesson plans on fetal development are especially relevant to the topics addressed in The Developing Brain. Students are introduced to the topics of sexual reproduction, fetal development, and pregnancy through a game (Anatomy Bingo) and get to discover and share their own birth stories with the class. Students then explore the stages of human fetal development and the factors that can affect that development. This site contains handouts, answer keys, and activity ideas for all lessons. Suitable for grades 6-12; may be modified for use in grades 3-5.

Pregnancy and Prenatal Care
This set of six lessons from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) provides lesson plans, printable student sheets, answer sheets, and overhead masters for teaching middle- and high-school students about pregnancy, prenatal care, and fetal development. Suitable for grades 6-12.

Oh, Baby! Taking a Closer Look at Prenatal Development
This lesson plan, developed through a partnership between the New York Times and the Bank Street College of Education, has students work in groups to create pictorial timelines of human prenatal development. Includes printable handouts and articles. Suitable for grades 9-12; may be modified for use in grades 6-8.

What Happens in the First Nine Months?
This webquest from Science NetLinks walks students through human fetal development during the 38 weeks of pregnancy. The students will view a short video of fetal development and then will be directed toward other sites that will educate them about this topic. The lesson link includes a printable “e-sheet” for student use. Suitable for grades 9-12.


Lessons About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

NC Healthy Schools Lesson Plans: Alcohol 
This lesson plan from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction uses student demonstrations, class discussion, and group work to demonstrate both the short-term and long-term health effects of alcohol use. Suitable for grades 3-5; may be modified for use in grades 6-12.

Alcohol: Separating Fact from Fiction
Lesson plan from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse). This lesson is designed to elicit and correct student misconceptions about alcohol. As part of this lesson, students see a video of two lab mice, one of which has consumed alcohol. The lesson plan includes student handouts and a discussion guide. Suitable for grades 6-12; may be modified for use in grades 3-5.

Better Safe than Sorry: Preventing a Tragedy
This online curriculum from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism provides a unit plan for teaching middle- and high-school students about FAS. Activities are interactive and include games, videos, and labs. Resources include printable lesson plans and handouts, a PowerPoint presentation, an interactive online post-assessment, and glossary. Options are provided for shortening the unit plan. Suitable for grades 6-12.

FAS Demonstration
This brief activity uses colored water to demonstrate how a mother’s consumption of alcohol can also affect her developing baby. Suitable for all grades

Porcupine FASD Lesson Plan
This lesson from the Porcupine Health Unit in Ontario, Canada provides students with letters written by students who are living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Using these letters, students brainstorm a list of characteristics of FASD sufferers. Students then learn more about FASD and produce a meaningful performance task (such as a pamphlet, myth sheet, or skit) to highlight FASD prevention. This lesson plan includes printable handouts, grading rubrics, and answer keys. Suitable for grades 6-12; may be modified for use in grades 3-5.

PBS NOVA Classroom Activity: FAS
This lesson plan and associated activities are designed to go along with the PBS NOVA video “Life’s Greatest Miracle,” although watching the video is not essential to the use of the lesson plan. This lesson plan teaches students about FAS through the use of case studies and fact sheets. Answer keys are provided for teacher use. Suitable for grades 6-12.

A Drink is a Drink, but People are Different
Lesson plan from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse). This lesson uses an interactive demonstration to show that while the alcohol concentrations of different drinks may vary, the amount of alcohol in each is the same. This activity also demonstrates that alcohol distributes throughout the water-containing parts of the human body, including the brain. Student handouts and discussion guide are included. Suitable for grades 6-12.

Full-Circle Advertising: A Look at Teen Alcohol Use and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
http://www.cdc.gov/excite/ScienceAmbassador/ambassador_pgm/lessonplans/Garcia FAS Lesson Plan.pdf
Unit plan provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This unit provides a set of lesson plans dealing with alcohol advertising and teens, physiological effects of alcohol, and how teen alcohol use may affect others (FAS). As an end-product for this unit, students create a public service announcement focusing on FAS. Unit includes links to free PowerPoint and printable resources, as well as teacher answer keys and rubrics for assignments. Suitable for grades 9-12; may be modified for use in grades 6-8.


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