MS-LS4-5 Artificial Selection Lab Stations Activity

MS-LS4-5 Artificial Selection Lab Stations Activity
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SNAPs Lab Stations require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:

Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency

Narrative Station to build science literacy

Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding

Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design

Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

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A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Artificial Selection Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives

1. Interpret and analyze data so to understand how selective breeding influences the inheritance of desired traits in organisms.

2. Discuss how selective breeding changes the frequency of traits in a population.

3. Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of selective breeding.

4. Compare and contrast artificial and natural selection.

5. Simulate selective breeding so to manipulate the characteristics of offspring.

Science Skills Station

Students will graph, interpret and analyze data so to understand how selective breeding alters the frequency of traits. Students will consider the benefits and drawbacks that result from selective breeding.

Narrative Station

Students will read a passage about artificial selection. They will also watch a video about selective breeding and how it has been used in the past and how it is currently used. If time allows, students will watch a third video about an model of artificial selection, specifically, the selective breeding of apples.

Assessment Station

At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to artificial selection. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station

Students will simulate selective breeding at this station with dog breed. Students will determine the characteristics of the dog they find attractive. Then they will evaluate thecharacteristics of several dog breeds and select two breeds to mate so to produce an offspring with those characteristics.

Synthesis/Summary Project

Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Setup Guide for more information.


This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-LS4-5. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - to meet the standard. This lab also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

This download includes:

• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection

• Directions and questions for each lab station

• Student recording sheets

• Teacher Key

Additional materials required:

2 Computers or tablets

2 Sets of colored pencils




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Total Pages
43 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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