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Get the Facts About Drugs

Course, Subject

Home & Careers, Health, Physical Education, and Family and Consumer Sciences

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade


  • Rubrics are used to evaluate graphics representations.
  • Students are evaluated on basis of classroom participation and group work.


CDOS Writing Team, Authors of Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum.


3 periods

Essential Questions

  • Why do the choices I make now matter to my future?
  • How do I affect the systems within which I live and work?



  • Students will gain an awareness of the importance of personal responsibility and good work habits.
  • Students will gain an awareness of the impact of their actions and choices.


  • The class is divided into groups to research the following drugs:
    • Alcohol
    • Crack cocaine
    • Inhalants
    • Marijuana
    • Tobacco
    • Methamphetamine (speed)
  • Groups research the effects each drug has on the body, short- and long-term effects of using the drugs, and other dangers. Using their research as a basis for discussion, students brainstorm in their groups, naming the many ways each drug could cause someone in the following occupations to do poorly on their job:
    • Auto mechanic
    • Bus driver
    • Construction worker
    • Dentist
    • Firefighter
    • Police officer
    • Surgeon
    • Teacher
    • Waitress/waiter
  • Groups create a chart or graphic representation of their findings. The teacher and/or students create a rubric to identify the expectations for the graphic representations.
  • Drug prevention counselor, physician, or other qualified person speaks to the class on the topic of the impact of drugs on activities.
  • Students discuss their findings with the speaker to verify their information.

Materials / Resources

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Graphics program
  • Research resources

Comments / Modifications

Graphics and findings can be combined into a reference book for other students.


CDOS Writing Team. “Get the Facts About Drugs.” In Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. New York State Department of Education, 105.

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