A hands-on activity that uses simulations with beads to teach students about population genetics, the Hardy-Weinberg principle, and how natural selection alters the frequency distribution of heritable traits.
Appropriate for: high school biology (all levels), introductory college biology.
This hands-on activity, used in conjunction with the film The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans, teaches students about population genetics, the Hardy-Weinberg principle, and how natural selection alters the frequency distribution of heritable traits. It uses simple simulations to illustrate these complex concepts and includes exercises such as calculating allele and genotype frequencies, graphing and interpretation of data, and designing experiments to reinforce key concepts in population genetics.
NGSS (April 2013)
HS-LS2-1, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS3-1, HS-LS3-2, HS-LS3-3, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-3, HS-LS4-4, LS2.A, LS2.C, LS3.A, LS3.B, LS4.B, LS4.C
Common Core (2010)
ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.7, ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.4, ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.7, Math.Content.HSS-IC.A.1, Math.Content.HSS-IC.A.2, Math.Content.HSS-IC.B.3, Math.Content.HSS-IC.B.4, Math.Content.HSS-IC.B.5, Math.Content.HSS-MD.B.6
AP Biology (2012–13)
1.A.1, 1.A.2, 1.A.4, 1.C.3, 3.A.3, 3.C.1, 3.C.2, 4.C.1, 4.C.3
IB Biology (2009)
4.1, 4.3, 5.4, D.2, D.4, G.1