Population Genetics Teacher Resources
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The Beaks of the Finches
Students 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.
Population Genetics: Genetic Drift, Natural Selection, and Mutation
Students 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.
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.
Students investigate how Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium is established and what assumptions and conditions are necessary to reach Equilibrium. They model alleles using materials such as index cards, M & M's and goldfish.
Mechanisms of Evolution
In this evolution worksheet, students will answer questions about population genetics and the theory of evolution of species. This worksheet has 15 true or false, 6 fill in the blank, and 4 short answer questions.
Hardy-Weinberg Made Easy: A Seventh Way
The purpose of this lesson 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.
How To Use Hardy-Weinberg to Find Gene Frequencies in s Wild Population
Learners 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.
Students practice calculating allele and genotype frequencies in the framework of a simple simulation using hard candy, calculators, and a worksheet. This lesson includes a three-page worksheet and an assessment question for conclusion.
Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium According to Hoyle: OR, Population Genetics or Platypapyrus foursuitii
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.
Reebops a Model "Organism" for Teaching Genetics Concepts
Reebops are cute, marshmallow-based creatures that can be used to teach inheritance. Beginning biologists draw strips of paper that represent chromosomes from two envelopes, one for the father, and one for the mother. Each parent contributes an allelle to help determine the traits for the baby reebop. Traits include number of antennae, curly or straight tails, nose color, and more! To conclude the activity, learners construct a reebop model with the characteristics drawn. Adorable!
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. Have your environmental studies class watch this video as an example of conservation efforts or to introduce an exciting field of study called population genetics.
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. The volunteers come back into the classroom and track what happened based on symbols recorded throughout the simulation. A very visual demonstration of how genes are passed along!
How Does Evolution Work?
Students are introduced to how the process of evolution works. As a class, they review the characteristics of natural selection and how those with advantageous traits reproduce and survive. To test this theory of natural selection, they test who can put nails into a block of wood without any modern day machinery. To end the lesson plan, they compare their results to see who was the fittest.
Regents High School Examination: Biology 2006
Twenty-six pages of biology questions, mostly in multiple-choice form, are included in the all-encompassing New York State Regents exam. It assesses every topic typically covered in a high-school biology course. Create your own answer sheet and use this as your final exam, or get ideas from it for questions to create your own.
The Illusion of Race
This is mostly an exploration of race through an interactive website, class readings, and discussion. Individuals take an online quiz about race, they answer questions on a worksheet by visiting another website, and discover that race is a relatively new concept not founded at all in common DNA. This would be a poignant enrichment to your genetics curriculum.
Students discuss how genetic information is passed on. They use the internet to gather information on genetic markers and haplogroups. They participate in an activity and discuss their findings.
The Effects of Institutions on Human Behavior
Students investigate the effects of institutions on human behavior. They explore various niches that are encountered as man exists in the ecosystem and discuss both the effects of heredity and the environment on human behavior. They provide a framework which can be related to our everyday ideas for our changing behavior.
Not Just a Bag of Beans
Students determine the types of natural selection and variation that exists in a population, using beans.
A STEP IN SPECIATION
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.