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Students explore genetic variation within a population. In this genetic adaptation lesson, students investigate the reasons contributing to genetic adaptation. Students collaborate and analyze DNA models. Multiple resources are provided.
Find photos of bird beaks or show a prepared four slide PowerPoint, "Extreme Beaks" to introduce your class to this special animal adaptation. Provide them with a data table and supplies to try gathering food with tools that each represent a different style of beak. Class data is compared, and then a discussion is held about the Galapagos Island finches as observed by Charles Darwin. This classic activity is enhanced by the PowerPoint and discussion.
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.  
Seventh graders explore mutation using an interactive webquest. In this biology lesson, 7th graders participate in a simulation of different types of mutation. They identify diseases that result from each mutation.
Students conduct a series of scientific investigation using bioinformatics. In this molecular biology lesson plan, students collect experimental data using different educational softwares. They calculate and analyze relationships using statistics and computer science.
Students describe the anatomy of a virus. In this biology instructional activity, students compare and contrast the characteristics of bacteria and viruses. They discover the genetic adaptations of viruses over time.
In this evolution learning exercise, students review the ideas expressed by Darwin, gene pools, genetic variation, single-gene and polygenic traits, and natural selection. This learning exercise has 9 fill in the blank, 5 multiple choice, and 3 matching questions.
Students brainstorm about evolution and explore the processes of evolution.  In this investigative lesson plan students map out evolution and compare the two theories after researching them. 
Students define the term "evolution" and relate it to species adaptation, supporting their ideas with examples. They locate, correctly cite, and briefly review two Web sites with information on finches commonly found in their state or count
Pupils investigate ecological systems and the cause and effect relationship between humans and the environment by using the prey items of Ospreys.
Students examine several maps of California exhibiting features such as precipitation, topography, and vegetation. They look for patterns that might be the source of or influence biodiversity in different regions. They pay particular attention to the endemic species of California.
For this evolution worksheet, learners 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.
Students examine why some freshwater populations of stickleback fish.  In this macroevolution lesson plan students read a study packet then answer questions. 
Learners identify the characteristics of desert animals that enable them to adapt to the harsh environment. They draw and color animals in their desert habitats and write riddles about the animals.
Learners actively engage in the careful analysis of chromosome banding patterns and identify examples of inversion in homologous chromosomes.
By counting differences in amino acids, biology stars examine the relationships between different primates. With information gleaned, they map out a phylogenic tree and discover common ancestry. You will need to create printable versions of the amino acid charts and blank phylogenic trees for your classes, but this is a well-planned resource that you can use in your AP Biology classes to help your learners explore evolutionary relationships.
Students read about and discuss the dugong's special adaptations to ocean life and they draw evolutionary trees showing dugongs and elephants. They finish by adding text to their trees describing dugong adaptations.
Students identify adaptations within a species and benefits of each, environmental factors affecting success of individuals within population, follow the success or failure of different phenotypes according to collected data, and graph collected data.
Young scholars 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.
Learners view various types of illusions. Using one of the illusions, they try to determine how a scientist might explain them. They discover a t-illusion and use their own words to analyze them. In groups, they research a different solution.

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