Ask, Listen, Learn: Alcohol and Your Developing Cerebral Cortex

The cerebral cortex is the outer layer of the brain, divided into lobes.

The frontal lobe is responsible for decision-making, a function that becomes impaired when alcohol is consumed.

Decision-making is also an important skill for kids to utilize to enhance their health. This lesson provides students with scientific background on decision making and alcohol, and prepares students to make healthy choices.

Length: 30-40 minutes | Designed for 5th and 6th grade
• Identify the four lobes of the cerebral cortex and their
corresponding functions
• Communicate the impact of alcohol on the cerebral cortex
• Conceptualize the danger of driving drunk
• Demonstrate the ability to use decision making skills to
enhance health

Science Topics
Anatomy & Physiology, Health & Medicine
K-6, Educator
5th Grade, 6th Grade
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Download lesson plan and what you’ll need:

• Cerebral Cortex Comprehension
• Cerebral Cortex Vocabulary Cards
• Cerebral Cortex Diagram
• Fill-in-the-blank Cerebral Cortex
• Decision Making Worksheet
• Readworks: “Crash!”
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