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Worksheet for The Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab


A worksheet that guides students through The Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab. The virtual lab lets students learn firsthand the methods for analyzing body structure in stickleback collected from lakes and fossils recovered from a quarry. Students measure, record, and graph their results to discover evolutionary patterns.

These worksheets were developed to support use of The Virtual Stickleback Evolution Lab in the classroom. They are meant to provide students with structure and guidance as they perform the tutorials, experiments, and quizzes in the lab. There are two versions: an advanced worksheet and a basic worksheet. The only difference between them is that the basic worksheet does not contain the chi-square analyses portions of the lab. The teacher materials provide background information and tips for using the virtual lab.

Supporting Materials (5)

Short Film
After the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago, populations of marine stickleback fish became stranded in freshwater lakes dotted throughout the Northern Hemisphere in places of natural beauty like Alaska and British Columbia. These remarkable little fish have adapted and thrive, living permanently in a freshwater environment drastically different than the ocean.
Classroom Resource
A hands-on activity in which students analyze the results of genetic crosses between stickleback fish with different traits.
Classroom Resource
A hands-on activity in which students interpret molecular diagrams and build physical models of eukaryotic gene regulation.
Film Guides
These classroom-ready resources complement the short film Evolving Switches, Evolving Bodies, which tells the story of the dramatic transformation of stickleback fish as they adapted to living in freshwater habitats drastically different from the ocean.
Virtual Lab
This virtual lab teaches skills of data collection and analysis to study evolutionary processes using stickleback fish and fossil specimens.

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