In this activity, originally designed for students in a 1:1 iPad environment, students watch video simulations to "study a population of rabbits and plot data points to graph the rabbits traits in different environments. After graphing, students look at the graphs they have created to see how populations change over time according to which traits are adaptations, and which traits are neither beneficial, or harmful.
Includes differentiated assignments for advanced, and general classes, modified, and spanish translated as well as instructions for students and teachers.
This activity is meant to satisfy MS-LS4-4: Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.
And MS-LS4-6: Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.