Opioids: What You Need to Know

In this lesson, developed in partnership with Scholastic, students will learn what opioids are, their potential dangers, and how to use opioids safely. Includes an adapted version for grades 4-6 reading level.  

Lesson Plan Highlights:

This lesson includes:

  • Student activity sheets
  • Student article
  • Teacher's prompts

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills:

  • Analyzing and interpreting information, data, and/or evidence
  • Critical thinking
  • Understanding health effects and risks

Time / Duration:

  • 1 class period


Printer/copier for student handouts 


  • English

Academic Standards:

    Common Core State Standards

    • RI.2. Summarize key supporting details of a text
    • RI.9. Analyze how two or more texts address similar topics in order to build knowledge
    • W.2. Write informative texts to convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through effective selection and organization of content

    National Council for the Social Studies

    • 8. Science, technology, and society

    Next Generation Science Standards

    • Cause and effect
    • Information processing
    • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Teacher’s Guide and Student Worksheet

Student Article