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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 worksheet can be used as a pop quiz for your biology learners when studying natural selection principles and genetic drift. 
For this evolution worksheet, students look at the role genes play in the transferring of traits to generations. Students review gene pools, natural selection, and genetic drift. This worksheet has 5 fill in the blank and 15 multiple choice questions.
Middle schoolers discover genetics as it relates to the population. In this biology lesson, students examine mitosis and mutations. They discuss the shift in genetics due to natural selection and genetic drift.
In 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.
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 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 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.
The change in genetic makeup of a species over time is explored in this PowerPoint.  Facts around parent populations, the Hardy Weinberg principle, and selection under different circumstances contributing to an overall change in genetic make-up are presented.  
Finally, here is a genetics worksheet that does not include Punnett squares! Designed for a more advanced class, biology learners will compare Lamarck's concept of evolution with Darwin's. They will explore the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium principle, compare allele and genotype frequencies, and describe agents of evolutionary change. Though it was written as a reading guide for a specific text, the questions can be covered in a lecture on these same concepts.
Young scholars study genetics by role playing.  In this genetics lesson students play the role of a doctor and interpret genetic test results. 
High schoolers examine genetic information that is within a cell.  In this genetics lesson students view videos on DNA and genes then explain a cells function. 
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. 
In this evolution instructional activity, students 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 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.
Thirty short-answer questions comprise this detailed review of evolution theory. Many of the questions ask scholars to define vocabulary. Because short answers are required, this worksheet will take some time to complete. You could give it to your biology class to use as a review of concepts before a quiz.
Students complete an interactive Internet activity simulating the sequencing of DNA. In this genetics activity, students use a virtual activity to act as scientists sequencing chromosomal DNA bases. They learn about the race to sequence the genome and explore sequenced DNA to learn about its functions. A Jeopardy game is provided to review the material with students.
Students work in groups to investigate and present genetic variation, adaptation, and sexual selection as it relates to evolution. In this evolution instructional activity, students watch a video discuss how the human eye could evolve due to natural selection. They view more videos and research three aspects of evolution. They present their findings to the class and discuss the evolution of different finch beaks on the Galapagos Islands.
Students place different subspecies of a CA salamander are placed on grid map of CA according to where samples were collected. Then discuss patterns of their distribution, their likely evolutionary relationships, and probable sequence of formation.
Students investigate genetics and evolution of species. They simulate the breeding of birds using origami birds. In addition, using dice they introduce genetic variation into the species.

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