How Does Caffeine Keep Us Awake?

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You might want to put down your coffee for this one. Discover the science behind this stimulant, its origins, side-effects, and benefits of the most widely used drug: caffeine.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Look at the pros and cons of caffeine and what a healthy intake amount is
  • Compare and graph the amount of caffeine in several drinks such as soda, coffee, tea, and energy drinks
  • Have class members keep track of their daily caffeine intake for an entire week
  • Hold a discussion on what constitutes caffeine as a drug
Classroom Considerations

  • Best used in a nutrition, health, psychology, or biology class/lesson
Pros

  • Works well as a flipped classroom assignment
  • Provides an assessment and links for further exploration of the topic
  • Graphics demonstrate how caffeine helps people stay awake
Cons

  • None
Common Core