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Most drugs fall into one or more of these main drug categories: stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens. Marijuana is a drug that may be classified as both a depressant and a hallucinogenic.

Ask your students to create a visual of a stimulant, depressant, and hallucinogenic effect and describe what the drug does to the body. By asking the students to create specific drug examples and requiring them to list the long term effects of continued use may be a good way to reinforce negative consequences of drug use. Monitoring what students produce while they work is key to keeping the content school appropriate.

Drugs that fall under the stimulant drug category will speed up the central nervous system when introduced to the body. Effects include elevated heart rate, increased alertness or energy, lowered appetite, and possible insomnia.

Examples of stimulants are:

  • Tobacco (nicotine)
  • Caffeine
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Methamphetamine
  • Adderall/Ritalin

Depressants are known to slow down the central nervous system. Some effects on the body include lowered heart rate, numbness, lowered reaction time, and impaired coordination.

Examples of depressants are:

  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Sleeping Medication
  • Prescription Opioids/Narcotic
    • Codeine
    • Xanax
    • Fentanyl
    • Methadone

Hallucinogenic substances alter someone’s perspective of light, taste, hearing, and sight, while possibly causing hallucinations. These effects on the body make hallucinogens popular at music events.

Examples of hallucinogens include:

  • LSD
  • PCP
  • Ecstasy/Molly
  • Psilocybin (mushrooms)
  • Marijuana
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard showing the different effects of drugs on the body.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. List the three main drug categories in the title boxes.
  3. List three short term effects and one long term effect each drug has on the body in the description box below the cell.
  4. Illustrate the effect of the drug on the body in the cell using a combination of appropriate scenes, characters, and items. Do not depict the actual use of the drug.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.


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