Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.


Three lesson plans explore the disease of addiction and the changes that take place in the brain. C. elegans and Alcohol is a laboratory experiment where students test the effects of alcohol on the roundworm. What’s the Deal? is a card game that models the unknown potential for individual addiction and Dendritic Spines Lab allows students to investigate how neurons change their connectivity when exposed to the drug morphine.

Students will develop skills in conducting sceirntific investigations, analytic thinking and problem solving and gain knowledge of the biology of the brain and addiction.


• 9-minute video
• Optional Lab Teacher Guide

Three lesson plans:
1. C. elegans and Alcohol: teacher’s guide and student guide 2. What’s the Deal? Addiction Card Game: teacher’s guide, player instruction sheets, and discussion questions
3. Dendritic Spines Lab: teacher’s guide, photos, and two handouts (Control Example and Morphine Effect Example

• Computer with Internet access per 1 or 2 students
C. elegans and Alcohol Lesson Plan
C. elegans and Alcohol Teacher Guide
• C. elegans and Alcohol Student Guide
• What's the Deal Teacher Guide
Dealer Instruction Sheet
Player Instruction Sheet
Discussion Questions

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