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Students discover genetics as it relates to the population. In this biology lesson plan, students examine mitosis and mutations. They discuss the shift in genetics due to natural selection and genetic drift.
Students use a mathematical simulation of genetic drift to answer questions about the factors that influence this evolutionary process. They run a series of simulations varying allele frequency and population size and then analyze their data and propose a model to explain their results. A second set of simulations is performed with natural selection added to the simulation.
Fifteen terms pertaining to speciation, extinction, and gene flow are to be matched to their definitions. This simple, easy-to-read activity can be used as a pop quiz for your biology learners when studying natural selection principles and genetic drift. 
In this evolution activity, students look at the role genes play in the transferring of traits to generations. Students review gene pools, natural selection, and genetic drift. This activity has 5 fill in the blank and 15 multiple choice questions.
Students explore inheritance patterns of diseases. In this genetic instructional activity, students explain how recessive genes may cause human disorders. They identify and research five genetic disorders and present their findings to the class.
For this evolution worksheet, students review the genetic aspect of evolution such as gene pools, specific traits, and genetic mutations. This worksheet has 15 multiple choice and 5 fill in the blank questions.
What does appearance have to do with survival in nature? Allow your future biologists a chance to learn about natural selection through games, flashcards, discussions, and an interesting writing prompt about squirrel colors in the Grand Canyon. Also included are several ways to differentiate, possible extensions, and school-home connections. 
High schoolers study genetics by role playing.  For this genetics lesson students play the role of a doctor and interpret genetic test results. 
Students examine genetic information that is within a cell.  In this genetics instructional activity students view videos on DNA and genes then explain a cells function. 
A sufficient slide show on natural selection is available to use with your biology class. It introduces viewers to foundations of this mechanism of evolutionary change. Notes are provided to support your lecture on genetic variation and the three types of selection: directional, stabilizing, and disruptive. Helpful graphs and photos enhance understanding of the concept of natural selection. 
Students use this activity as a logic problem that is based on real organisms and real data. The problem is to develop phylogenies for seven related populations of lizards living on the Canary Islands. Three phylogenetic charts are constructed, each using different forms of data, geography, geology, morphology, and molecular genetics.
How and why do populations change over time? AP biology aces explore this question by completing this assignment. They write the answers to 21 questions regarding population genetics, stability, genetic drift, polymorphism, and selection. 
Students discuss Darwin's theory of evolution. In this biology lesson, students investigate what influenced Darwin's thinking as it relates to Evolution. They discuss pros and cons of Natural Selection.
Students examine and identify examples of species that developed as a result of immigration, genetic drift, and adaptive radiation. They conduct Internet research and define key vocabulary terms, and use their species example on their Natural Selection Foldable.
High schoolers study digital images to acquire data and evaluate the jaw of a rodent.  In this science lesson plan students perform statistical analysis.
In this evolution instructional activity, learners review the ideas expressed by Darwin, gene pools, genetic variation, single-gene and polygenic traits, and natural selection. This instructional activity has 9 fill in the blank, 5 multiple choice, and 3 matching questions.
Students view a video that reviews Mendelian genetics. They discuss the Hardy-Weinberg Law and use Popsicle sticks to simulate genetic variations and ratios in offspring.
Students engage in solving a logic problem based on real organisms and real data. They develop phylogenies for seven related populations of lizards living on the Canary Islands.
Students use this exercise to help achieve a working knowledge of the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium without recourse to algebra. After participating in this activity, students gain a feeling for the significance of the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium without using algebra.
Students explain the basics of evolution by natural selection. They calculate allele frequencies as they relate to inheritance. They explain the Hardy-Weinberg Law and how evolution takes place when this law is not in place.

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