Color Vision Genetics Evolution Simulation

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At one point, all mammals carried only two color receptors, but now most humans carry three. An informative presentation and hands-on activity demonstrate how this evolved through genetics. By participating in the activity, pupils observe how six simulated generations develop a shifting vision pattern.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Add the many new vocabulary words to science journals
Classroom Considerations

  • Allow 45 minutes for set up and preparation of the lesson
  • Requires a minimum of 20 students to complete the lesson
Pros

  • Activity incorporates some selective pressures that prevent some from breeding before dying for increased accuracy in the simulation
  • Provides an extension about the new discovery of humans with four color receptors
  • Entertaining and memorable activity helps content come to life
Cons

  • None