6. Natural Selection: Part 2

Sugat Dabholkar, Connor Bain, Philip Woods, Kevin Hall
Biology, Self-directed
40-50 min
High School Advanced Biology (AP)


In this lesson, students investigate how natural selection affects the genetic constitution of a population over time. They design and perform an experiment about natural selection in the case of rock pocket mice using a computational model to test their hypotheses.

Underlying Pages


Next Generation Science Standards
  •   Life Science
    • [HS-LS2] Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
    • [HS-LS4] Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  •   NGSS Crosscutting Concept
    • Patterns
    • Systems
    • Stability and Change
  •   NGSS Practice
    • Analyzing Data
    • Using Models
    • Conducting Investigations
Computational Thinking in STEM
  •   Data Practices
    • Analyzing Data
    • Manipulating Data
    • Visualizing Data
  •   Modeling and Simulation Practices
    • Using Computational Models to Find and Test Solutions
    • Using Computational Models to Understand a Concept
  •   Computational Problem Solving Practices
    • Troubleshooting and Debugging
  •   Systems Thinking Practices
    • Investigating a Complex System as a Whole
    • Thinking in Levels
    • Understanding the Relationships within a System