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Natural Selection (MG)

Updated on 10/04/2017

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will model natural selection, providing an opportunity to make predictions about evolution in a population over a short period of time.

Objectives

  • Students know how natural selection determines the differential survival of groups of organisms.
  • Students know both genetic variation and environmental factors are causes of evolution and diversity of organisms.
  • Students know sexual reproduction produces offspring that inherit half their genes from each parent.

Vocabulary

  • natural selection
  • phenotype
  • population
  • parent
  • evolution
  • genotype
  • environment

About the Lesson

Adapted from a PhET™ simulation, this lesson allows students to model natural selection, providing an opportunity to make predictions about evolution in a population over a short period of time.

As a result, students will:

  • Understand how natural selection drives evolution.
  • Understand how populations change as a result of mutations and selection.
  • See how parental genetics influence offspring.
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