Ask, Listen, Learn: Alcohol and Your Developing Brain

The videos and corresponding classroom lessons have been designed to teach kids about the physical impact underage drinking has on the developing brain and body.

In this lesson, students will learn the basics of brain function and neurotransmission, and how alcohol obstructs brain activity and development. In the following videos and lessons, we detail the ways in which alcohol impacts six different parts of the brain, while teaching about peer pressure, decision making, communication and more.

All lessons are intended to present students with scientific information about the impact of underage drinking on their bodies in an engaging manner to help students create conversations outside of the classroom with parents and their peers.

Length: 30-40 minutes | Designed for 5th and 6th grade

• Conceptualize neurotransmission
• Communicate the way in which alcohol slows
brain function
• Identify alcohol’s impact on neurotransmission


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Science Topics
Anatomy & Physiology, Health & Medicine
K-6, Educator
5th Grade, 6th Grade
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• Brain Comprehension Questions
• Brain Vocabulary Cards
• Brain Drain Reading
• Venn Diagram Worksheet
• Neurotransmission Matching Cards

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