Population Genetics Teacher Resources
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AP: Chapter 23: The Evolution of Populations
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.
10th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 17 Downloads
The Beaks of the Finches
High schoolers become birds and are given "beak-types". After completing the simulation, students relate results to adaptations and natural selection. Extensions of the simulation allow for comparative results and include population genetics.
9th - 12th Science 10 Views 42 Downloads
Population Genetics: Genetic Drift, Natural Selection, and Mutation
Students discover genetics as it relates to the population. In this biology activity, students examine mitosis and mutations. They discuss the shift in genetics due to natural selection and genetic drift.
6th - 8th Science 13 Views 86 Downloads
Bears of Banff
Students pretend they have just entered a national park. They imagine that the park borders are all impassable mountains, and students will play the role of grizzly bears. Students list three things every animal needs to survive, in this game they can meet these needs, they are to be tested on their ability to mate.
10th - 12th Science 3 Views 13 Downloads
Population Genetics and Informatics
For advanced biology learners, here an interesting presentation on Alu elements within a population. It begins by teaching viewers how to perform calculations for alellic and genotypic frequencies. The second half of the slide show walks them through the use of an online allele server.
11th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
Hardy-Weinberg Made Easy: A Seventh Way
The purpose of this lesson plan is to slowly introduce the Hardy-Weinberg Law and population genetics to your students after you have completed Mendelian genetics. Using this format, you ease the students into the concept by relying on the knowledge they already have.
9th - 12th Science 3 Views 15 Downloads
How To Use Hardy-Weinberg to Find Gene Frequencies in s Wild Population
Students explore the gene frequency in Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium experiments. They inquire into the studies of both black and gray squirrels. Basically the population genetics of certain squirrel populations. The species of each are analyzed in depth.
8th - 11th Science 4 Views 9 Downloads
Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium According to Hoyle: OR, Population Genetics or Platypapyrus foursuitii
Young scholars 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.
10th - 12th Science 3 Views 8 Downloads
Evolution Study Guide
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.
7th - 10th Science 25 Views 184 Downloads
Genes, Environment and Genetic Complexity: What can Personal Genetics Tell Us about Aggression in Humans?
The highlight of this lesson is a 53-minute investigative video, Can Science Stop Crime?" The question asked is whether or not aggressive behavior is caused by genetic factors. The answer has to do with genetic complexity, the concept that many genes contribute to some of our traits.
9th - 12th Science 18 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans
Sickle cell disease only occurs when both parents contribute the trait, and mostly in those of African descent. Where did it come from? How did it evolve? Tony Allison, a molecular biologist, noticed a connection between sickle cell and immunity against malaria when he was working in East Africa in the 1950s.
14 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science 9 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Avoiding Bottlenecks - Atlantic Sturgeon
This film explores two phenomena that occur when a breeding population is too small, the bottleneck and founder effects, both which result in insufficient genetic diversity. The Atlantic sturgeon in the James River are an endangered species, and ecologists are striving to increase the population.
11 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 1 Download
Genetic Markers: Connecting the Dots
Biology buffs simulate how genetic markers are passed among populations in order to understand how these markers can help anthropologists map human migration. A couple of volunteers leave the room while you walk the remaining learners through the simulation.
8th - 12th Science 41 Views 46 Downloads
A Lesson on the Nature of Science
If you are looking for a great way to present natural selection in humans, look no further. This handout is intended to accompany the 14-minute video The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans, which can be found on the publisher's website.
7th - 12th Science 37 Views 22 Downloads