Evolution by Natural Selection
In this simulation activity, Evolution by Natural Selection, principles of natural selection are demonstrated by a simulation involving different color pompoms and student feeders equipped with different types of feeding implement. Students analyze results to see how different traits contribute to fitness in different habitats. Additional examples and questions help students to understand the process of natural selection, including three necessary conditions for natural selection to take place.
The Teacher Preparation Notes provide instructional suggestions and background information and explain how this activity is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
The attachment below provides a shorter version of the Student Handout with only one habitat in the simulation. This version may be suitable if you have a small class, a limited amount of class time, or students who require close supervision.
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