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Why might there be a future without coffee, and can we do anything about it?

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Why might there be a future without coffee, and can we do anything about it?

Biology Environmental Science Is Lesson Plan High School

Sensemaking Checklist

What is Sensemaking?

Sensemaking is actively trying to figure out how the world works (science) or how to design solutions to problems (engineering). Students do science and engineering through the science and engineering practices. Engaging in these practices necessitates that students be part of a learning community to be able to share ideas, evaluate competing ideas, give and receive critique, and reach consensus. Whether this community of learners is made up of classmates or family members, students and adults build and refine science and engineering knowledge together.

Lesson Snapshot

High school students, as scientists, investigate changes in coffee plant populations in order to answer the following driving question: Why might there be a future without coffee and can we do anything about it? Students figure out that there are a number of environmental changes that have threatened coffee plants. Students will explore more about a disease called Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR) that is becoming more common in coffee plants. Students will learn that some coffee plants are more resistant to rust than others. Students will model their initial ideas about how wild and cultivated coffee populations are changing and why the future of these populations looks bleak. Students will create a list of ideas about what we would need to know about coffee plants in order to protect them in the future.

This is Lesson 1 of the A Future Without Coffee Playlist.

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