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  • Developing an Explanation for Mouse Fur Color

    Developing an Explanation for Mouse Fur Color

    Activity

    Students collect and analyze evidence for each of the major conditions for evolution by natural selection to develop an explanation for how populations change over time. 

  • Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection

    Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection

    Activity

    This case study is based on the short film The Biology of Skin Color. Students use real data to propose hypotheses, make predictions, and justify claims with evidence. Also available in Spanish.

  • Natural Selection and the Evolution of Darwin's Finches

    Natural Selection and the Evolution of Darwin's Finches

    Activity

    This lesson is aligned with the NGSS science practices of engaging in argument from evidence using mathematical and computational thinking and analyzing and interpreting data.

  • Look Who's Coming for Dinner: Selection by Predation

    Look Who's Coming for Dinner: Selection by Predation

    Activity

    This activity supports the film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. Students are asked to formulate a hypothesis, and collect and analyze real research data to understand how quickly natural selection can act on specific traits in a population.  

  • Evolution in Action: Data Analysis

    Evolution in Action: Data Analysis

    Activity

    These two activities support the film The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch. They provide students with the opportunity to analyze data collected by Princeton University evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant.

  • Population Genetics, Selection, and Evolution

    Population Genetics, Selection, and Evolution

    Activity

    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. Also available in Spanish.

  • Allele and Phenotype Frequencies in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Allele and Phenotype Frequencies in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Activity

    A lesson that uses real rock pocket mouse data collected by Dr. Michael Nachman and his colleagues to illustrate the Hardy-Weinberg principle.

  • Color Variation Over Time in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Color Variation Over Time in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Activity

    A data collection and analysis lesson that examines selection for coat color in pocket mouse populations on different color substrates over time. Also available in Spanish.

  • Classroom Activities: Battling Beetles

    Classroom Activities: Battling Beetles

    Activity

    To accompany the lecture series Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads.