Unit 1: The Developing Brain

Learning Objectives

  1.  Recognize the role of dopamine in adolescent brain development. 
  2.  Provide examples of what can release dopamine naturally. 
  3.  Discuss how marijuana/cannabis can negatively affect the adolescent brain in relation to dopamine. 


Teachers should go through each unit and download the PowerPoint for class presentation. Teachers should also download the accompanying activities for in-class activities. Speakers' notes are embedded in the PowerPoint. Activities are meant to be printed for students before class begins. Each Unit has a Kahoot! Quiz linked below and can be used a pre and post quiz to see how much students know before and after instruction. Discussion Guides found below can be assigned as take-home assignments.


Lesson 1.1: Finding Your Dopamine: The Developing Brain

Lesson 1.2: Synapses and Stress