Bonus Worksheets


The Bonus Worksheets and accompanying activities below build on information included in the Reach Out Now main lessons and lessons worksheets. These Bonus Worksheets focus on the following skills:

  • Body & Brain Science
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Graphs
  • Critical Thinking
  • Persuasive Writing

BONUS WORKSHEETS:

Bonus Worksheet 1: Brain Mix-Up (PDF)

Objective: To reinforce the facts about how alcohol affects different parts of the brain. Give students this diagram to fill out after they have completed the worksheet from Lesson 1, "Alcohol and Your Brain."

Skills covered: Diagram-reading/Reading Comprehension/Critical Thinking

National Science Education Standards:

  • Form and function
  • Structure and function in living systems
  • Regulation and Behavior
  • Personal Health
  • Science and technology in society
  • Risks and benefits

Activity Extension: Students may feel pressure to drink so that they fit in with their peers. Start a classroom discussion about how the effects of alcohol on the brain may actually harm their relationships with peers.

Worksheet Answers:

1. Cerebral Cortex: Decision-making; Act without thinking;
2. Cerebellum: Coordinating everyday movement; Loss of balance;
3. Medulla: Breathing; Coma;
4. Central Nervous System: Sending signals through the body; Slow movement;
5. Hypothalamus: Heart rate; Increase in hunger;
6. Hippocampus: Memory; Difficulty learning

 

Bonus Worksheet 2: Charting the Consequences (PDF)

Objective: To reinforce the facts about the harmful effects of alcohol on the body. After reading Lesson 2: "Alcohol and Your Body," give students this worksheet to complete.

Skills covered: Reading Comprehension/Critical Thinking

National Science Education Standards:

  • Form and function
  • Structure and function in living systems
  • Regulation and Behavior
  • Personal Health
  • Science and technology in society
  • Risks and benefits

Activity Extension: Because the liver processes alcohol, it is one of the organs that is most affected by alcohol use. Have students research the function of the liver and write a paragraph explaining in detail how alcohol can affect this organ.

Worksheet Answers:

1. Heart: Short-term: Slowed heart rate; Long-term: High blood pressure;
2. Kidneys: Short-term: Produce more urine; Long-term: Kidney failure;
3. Skin: Short-term: Widening blood vessels; Long-term: Worsening acne or puffy skin;
4. Liver: Short-term: Breaks down alcohol; Long-term: Cirrhosis.

Take It Further!: Short-term consequences may include getting into fights with friends for no reason, being late for school, forgetting material for a test. Long-term effects may include losing friends because of repeated erratic behavior, difficulty learning new material in school.

 

Bonus Worksheet 3: Writing Workshop (PDF)

Objective: To have students think critically about the consequences of underage alcohol use. Have students complete Lesson 3: "Making Smart Choices." Then give them this worksheet to complete.

Skills covered: Critical Thinking/Persuasive Writing/Art

National Science Education Standards:

  • Personal Health
  • Science and technology in society
  • Risks and benefits

Activity Extension: Have students work together to come up with their own scenario in which a young person may be offered a drink. Have them write dialogue for the characters and perform the scenario as a classroom play. Answers: Answers will vary.

 

Bonus Worksheet 4: Alcohol Survey

Objective: To have students survey their peers and family members to find out how much they know about the dangers of underage alcohol use.

Skills covered: Graph-reading skills/Math

National Science Education Standards:

  • Science and technology in society
  • Personal Health
  • Risks and benefits

Activity Extension: Every year, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) interviews approximately 70,000 individuals aged 12 or older. Find the latest results on alcohol use. Have students study the data about alcohol use among 12 year olds. What surprises them about the results?

Worksheet Answers: Answers will vary.

 

Bonus Worksheet 5 : Fact Finders (PDF)

Objective: To understand how alcohol can affect the brain and the body. Have students complete this worksheet after reading Lesson 1: "Alcohol and Your Brain" and Lesson 2: "Alcohol and Your Body."

Skills covered: Reading Comprehension/Critical Thinking

National Science Education Standards:

  • Form and Function
  • Structure and function in living systems
  • Regulation and Behavior
  • Personal Health
  • Science and technology in society
  • Risks and benefits

Activity Extension: Have students study several magazines and write a paragraph discussing how advertisements and tabloid stories about young celebrities may affect a teenager's view of underage drinking.

Worksheet Answers: Answers may vary — refer to the facts on Worksheet 2 in the Teaching Guide: "Alcohol and Your Body" for other possible answers.
1. Alcohol affects nearly all of the organ systems in the body. Long-term alcohol abuse can cause damage to many organs.
2. Long-term alcohol abuse can damage the hippocampus, making it difficult to learn.
3. Long-term alcohol abuse can make acne worse.
4. Alcohol affects the cerebral cortex, impairing your ability to think clearly and make decisions.
5. Heavy drinking over a long period of time can damage vital organs like the liver and stomach. Drinking a lot of alcohol at one time can lead to a coma.

 

Bonus Worksheet 6: The Realities of Binge Drinking

Objective: To learn about the risk of binge drinking, a particularly dangerous alcohol behavior.

Skills covered: Reading Comprehension/CriticalThinking

National Science Education Standards:

  • Personal Health
  • Science and technology in society
  • Risks and benefits

Activity Extension: Start a classroom discussion about other positive activities that young people are engaged in that don’t involve alcohol. What are some ways that students can interact socially other than at parties that involve alcohol?

Worksheet Answers:

1. Teens often drink in social situations in which activities such as drinking games encourage heavy use.
2. Teenagers are smaller than adults, so it takes less alcohol to have the same effect on the body.
3. Binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning, coma, and death. Binge drinking may lead to blackouts.

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