Anti-Drug Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

With this lesson, your students will learn about drugs and the importance of not taking them. They will have a discussion, create and solve crossword puzzles, and create an anti-drug hallway.

Lesson Objectives

By end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain reasons to not do drugs
  • Describe the effects of drugs on the body


2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.


  • Large sheets of white paper (enough for each group)
  • Index cards with the name of a different drug on each one
  • Poster boards


  • Drug
  • Prescription medicine
  • Addiction
  • Drug abuse


  • Begin today's lesson by reviewing the vocabulary terms with the class.
  • Afterward, ask your class: 'What are drugs?' Write their answers on the board.
  • Next, ask them, 'What are the names of different drugs?' Write these on the board, as well.
  • Now ask, 'Are prescription medicines drugs?' Take a vote on who thinks prescription medicines are drugs versus who thinks they are not. Discuss the fact that prescription medicines are drugs with your students.
  • Have a short discussion with your students about when it is okay to take drugs and when it is not--for example, taking their own prescription versus taking someone else's prescribed drug.
  • Ask your students to define drug abuse. Ensure they understand the correct definition of drug abuse, if necessary.
  • Discuss the effects that drugs can have on the body and some of the signs of drug abuse.

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