Author:
Tia Jones
Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Middle School, High School
Tags:
Drugs, Natural High, Substance Abuse
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English

Natural High Presentation

Natural High Presentation

Overview

Natural High Presentations give students the opportunity to explore activities that give them a natural high and share it with others by answering the required questions and demonstrating or giving a visual example of their natural high.

This assignment can be done in a brick and mortar classroom in person as well as in an online classroom using a program such as Flipgrid.

Natural High Presentation Description

Explain to students what a natural high is and how it can help them stay drug-free. 

What is a Natural High?

A natural high is experienced when a person participates in an activity that makes them feel good, but doesn’t involve drugs. Doing things that you enjoy releases natural feel-good chemicals in your brain like dopamine, which regulates movement, emotion, motivation, and pleasure. A natural high is defined as a euphoric or excited state that is not due to ingestion of drugs or another substance (drugabuse.gov).  

Natural High Presentation Instructions

Give each student a Natural High Presentation Instructions (handout) including the Natural High Presentation Rubric and review presentation expectations. I also recommend preparing a presentation of your own as an example.  

 

What is a Natural High?

A natural high is experienced when a person participates in an activity that makes them feel good, but doesn’t involve drugs. Doing things that you enjoy releases natural feel-good chemicals in your brain like dopamine, which regulates movement, emotion, motivation, and pleasure. A natural high is defined as a euphoric or excited state that is not due to ingestion of drugs or another substance (drugabuse.gov).  

Presentation Requirements:

  1. Introduce yourself.

  2. Answer ALL of the required Explanation Questions/Presentation Topics.  

  3. Using FlipGrid share a visual aid relating to your natural high. Some ideas include, but are not limited to; performing a skill, sharing pictures, demonstrating how to use equipment, sharing a video or song, and sharing something that you have written or otherwise created.

  4. Presentations/Flipgrid videos should be a minimum of 1 minute, but no longer than 5 minutes and meet all of the previously indicated requirements in order to receive full credit. Please refer to the presentation rubric.

 

Explanation Questions/Presentation Topics

  • What’s your Natural High?

  • When did you first take interest in it?

  • Why did you first take interest in it?

  • What is it that you love so much about your natural high?

  • One interesting /funny story from your life associated with your natural high.

*Optional Questions/Topics:

  • What are the reasons that you’ve chosen not to do drugs?

  • Without using names, tell us how drugs have impacted you and  your family’s lives.

  • Relate a story from the media about consequences of drug use.