In The Effect of Natural Selection on Genes, Traits and Individuals, students will engage in the scientific process to answer the research question: how might biological change have occurred and been reinforced over time? The project involves multiple activities including collaborative group work, learning stations, computer data collection and analysis, and large and/or small group discussion.
The learning stations focus on different topics relevant to understanding evolutionary change and natural selection, and ultimately determining how changes in DNA and genomes are the driving force behind evolution of life on Earth.
After completing all stations, students will form a conclusion answering the question: how might biological change have occurred and been reinforced over time? Moreover, students will make the connection between this project and systems biology: looking at the molecular level (DNA/genomes) in order to understand survival success of individual organisms, and understand population dynamics that allows for survival of species.
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The following “hands-on kit” was designed to support teachers using Genes, Traits, and Individuals lesson: Skulls and Limbs Experience Box – DESCRIPTION Genes, Traits, Individuals
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