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Natural Selection—Super Value Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: FB1989

Price: $23.80

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The Natural Selection Laboratory Kit for biology and life science is an effective classroom simulation of the classic peppered moth natural selection study. Assume the role of predatory birds capturing moths.

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An effective classroom simulation of the classic peppered moth natural selection study. Students assume the role of predatory birds capturing moths on a simulated bark background. Results show students firsthand how the moths’ population directly relates to environmental conditions and how their natural color variations affect the odds of survival. After performing the experiment and analyzing data, students see how a change in the populations of certain phenotypes of moths was brought about by human pollution.

Super Value Kit is complete for 30 students working in pairs. All materials are reusable.

Specifications

Materials Included in Kit: 
Light/dark tree bark background, 15
Peppered moth sheets, pkg/15


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
MS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
MS-LS4.C: Adaptation
HS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
HS-LS3.B: Variation of Traits
HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
HS-LS4.C: Adaptation

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Patterns

Performance Expectations

MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
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.
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.
HS-LS4-3. Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.
HS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
HS-LS4-5. Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.