Valentine’s Day Science Article: Human Impact on Chocolate


This is a nice Valentine’s Day science tie-in to an important environmental issue!

Grades 7 and Up

Read this Valentine’s Day science article about how HUMAN ACTIVITIES have put the NATURAL RESOURCE of cacao trees at risk, causing a serious decline in chocolate supplies.

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In this activity, students will:

  • READ the text “Chocolate at Risk Due to Human Activity” to learn about 3 different ways that human activities have contributed to the decline of this natural resource.
  • DEFINE key vocabulary from context clues in the text.
  • ANSWER text-dependent questions.
  • OPTIONAL EXTENSION: Create an educational poster about the problem.

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Teacher Notes:

  • Please Note: This resource does not mention Valentine’s Day specifically. Valentine’s Day chocolate is really just our “in” to teach about how people are affecting the planet!
  • GO PAPERLESS!  Use the included digital Google Slides version!
  • Answer key included.
  • Makes an easy sub plan!
  • Please note that this Valentine’s Day science article is not editable.
  • Related NGSS standards: MS-ESS3-4, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-4
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