Evolution Crossword Puzzle (electronically fillable & printable)

Evolution Crossword Puzzle (electronically fillable & printable)
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From this crossword puzzle, students will: (1) define gene pool; (2) describe how allele frequencies are related to gene pools; (3) state in genetic terms, what indicates that evolution is occurring in a population; (4) describe two processes that can lead to inherited variation in populations; (5) distinguish between single-gene traits and polygenic traits; (6) define fitness, adaptation, survival of the fittest, and natural selection; (7) describe how natural selection can affect single-gene traits; (8) describe three patterns of natural selection on polygenic traits; (9) define genetic drift, founder effect, and mutation; and (10) relate concepts to the Hardy-Weinberg principle.

Words used include: population, gene pool, relative frequency, evolution, mutation, independent assortment, crossing-over, single-gene trait, polygenic trait, fitness, adaptation, natural selection, directional selection, stabilizing selection, disruptive selection, genetic drift, founder effect, Hardy-Weinberg principle, and genetic equilibrium. These words are listed in the second spreadsheet, but you can delete them if desired.

This crossword puzzle is in Microsoft Excel format. If you decide to print it for hard copy use, then in Print Settings select “Landscape Orientation” and “Fit Sheet on One Page.” However, students who have access to a computer or tablet can electronically complete the puzzle in Excel. Completing it directly in Excel allows for easy corrections to be made and eliminates any messy mistakes. Students may also submit their completed puzzle to you electronically.

The preview shows the completed puzzle, so it is the answer key.

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