Population Genetics, Selection, and Evolution

This is a part of The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans
Population Genetics, Selection, and Evolution


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.

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Curriculum Connections:

NGSS (2013) LS
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 (2012-2013)
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