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Teacher's Guide

Using the Student Lessons

The heart of this module is the set of six classroom lessons that follow. These lessons are the vehicles that we hope will carry to your students important concepts related to alcohol use and its effects on mind and body. To review the concepts in detail, refer to the chart Conceptual Flow of the Lessons.

Format of the Lessons

As you scan the lessons, you will find that each contains several major features.

At a Glance gives the teacher a convenient summary of the lesson.

In Advance provides instructions for collecting and preparing the materials required to complete the activities in the lesson.

Procedure outlines the steps in each activity in the lesson. It provides implementation suggestions and answers to questions.

Within the procedures, annotations provide additional commentary.

National Science Education Standards icon identifies teaching strategies that address specific science content standards as defined by the National Science Education Standards.


Web activity icon identifies when to use the World Wide Web site as part of the teaching strategies. Instructions tell you how to access the appropriate site. Information about using the Web site can be found in Using the Web Site. A print-based alternative to Web activities is provided in case a computer with Internet access is not available.


print activity icon identifies a print-based alternative to a Web-based activity to be used when computers are not available.


assessment icon identifies when assessment is embedded in the module’s structure. An annotation suggests strategies for assessment.


Lesson Organizer provides a brief summary of the lesson. It outlines procedural steps for each activity and includes icons that denote where in each activity masters, transparencies, and the Web site are used. The lesson organizer is intended to be a memory aid for you to use only after you become familiar with the detailed procedures for the activities. It can be a handy resource during lesson preparation as well as during classroom instruction.

The Masters required to teach the activities are located at the end of each lesson.

Timeline for the Module

The timeline (below) outlines the optimal plan for completing the six lessons in this module. The plan assumes you will teach the lessons on consecutive days. If your class requires more time for completing the procedures, discussing issues raised in this module, or completing activities on the Web site, adjust your timeline accordingly.

Suggested Timeline
Timeline Activity
3 weeks ahead Reserve computers
Check performance of Web site
1 week ahead Copy masters
Make transparencies
Gather materials
Day 1
Monday
Lesson 1
Activity 1: What’s Up with This Mouse?
Activity 2: Alcohol—Separating Fact from Fiction
Day 2
Tuesday
Lesson 2
Activity 1: What Is a Drink?
Activity 2: Where Does Alcohol Go in the Body?
Day 3
Wednesday
Lesson 3
Activity 1: Gathering Data
Activity 2: Data Analysis and Discussion
Day 4
Thursday
Lesson 4
Activity 1: To Drink or Not to Drink?
Activity 2: Modeling Alcohol Use and Abuse
Day 5
Friday
Activity 3: Modeling Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Activity 4: Applying the Model
Day 6
Monday
Lesson 5
Activity 1: Patterns of Drinking
Activity 2: Alcohol and Driving Behavior
Day 7
Tuesday
Lesson 6
Activity 1: Alcohol—Risks and Consequences
Activity 2: How Much Have You Learned about Alcohol?

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