Thanks to two brilliant scientists/mathematicians, we now have a mathematical model for detecting changes in the gene pool of a population. In this lab simulation, students will learn how the Hardy-Weinberg Principle is used to detect changes in the gene pool, and how changes in the gene pool leads to evolution. Students in the classroom will mimic a breeding population of individuals. Students will “mate” using allele cards to show the outcome of genotypes and phenotypes in future generations.
Purpose of the Lab:
1. To simulate how changes in the gene pool might occur by using the class as a breeding population of individuals.
2. To observe how the Hardy-Weinberg equation is used to detect changes in allele frequencies in a population.
• PTC test papers
• Allele cards (Included)
• Pencil and paper
What will the students be doing?
• In this lab simulation, the students in the classroom will mimic a breeding population of individuals. Students will “mate” using allele cards (included) to show the outcome of genotypes and phenotypes in future generations.
• Students will learn how changes in the gene pool result in evolution.
• Students will learn how to use the Hardy-Weinberg equation to determine the frequency of alleles in a population.
• Students will make data tables, compile class data, work out the math, and answer a series of critical thinking questions at the conclusion of the lab.
• Lots of Hardy-Weinberg Practice Problems!
What is included in this product?
• 12-Page EDITABLE Student Handout that is ready to be printed and passed out to your students. Students can write on the handouts or use their own notebook paper.
• Allele Cards used in lab simulation
• Complete instructions.
• 12-Page Teacher Guide containing tips, tricks, and suggestions.
Complete Answer Key and Solutions to all problems.
• Everything you need for the successful completion of this lab.
If you teach the Hardy-Weinberg Principle during your unit on Evolution, this lab will ensure that your students understand:
• The basic assumptions of the Hardy-Weinberg Principle
• How changes in the gene pool result in evolution.
• How to use the Hardy-Weinberg equation to determine the frequency of alleles in a population.
Students will carry out four different simulations:
• Determining the Frequency of a Trait in a Population
• Testing the Hardy-Weinberg Principle
• Testing the Hardy-Weinberg Principle for Selection Pressure
• The Heterozygote Advantage
This simulation lab activity is appropriate for biology students in grades 9 - 12.
Related products include:
Population Genetics and Speciation PowerPoint and Notes
Hardy-Weinberg Practice Problems
Population Genetics, Hardy-Weinberg, and Speciation Task Cards
Evolution Lab: Variation in a Population
Population Genetics Crossword Puzzle
Population Genetics, Hardy-Weinberg, and Speciation: Set of 3 Homework Assignments
Evolution of Populations: Set of 3 Quizzes
The Evolution of Populations (Population Genetics) Unit Text
Genetics: A Complete Unit Plan of Products
Evolution and Classification: Warm Ups, Bell Ringers and Interactive Notebooks
Darwin's Theory of Evolution PowerPoint and Notes
Lab: The Hardy Weinberg Equation
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