"Journey 2050" Agricultural Sustainability lessons

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Students will explore and understand the core question, “How will we sustainably feed 9 billion people by the year 2050?” These 6 lessons can be used in full or in part to help students understand the factors of human sustainability including soil health (fertilizer and nutrients), water availability, arable land use, economics, and careers. Each lesson is paired with an engaging game for students to practice what they are learning on a virtual farm.

Performance Expectations

HS-ESS3-1   Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.

HS-ESS3-2   Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.

HS-ESS3-3   Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.

HS-ESS3-4   Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.