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Studying Seed Evolution Using Histograms—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: FB2011 

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Studying Seed Evolution Using Histograms Laboratory Kit for biology and life science allows you to analyze the frequency and symmetry of distribution and draw conclusions about the natural selection of seed size.

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Looking for a creative way to teach evolution? Study seed evolution by making histograms! Evolution often conjures mental images of monkeys to cavemen to modern humans. In reality, evolution can be studied on a much simpler scale. Measure mass and length of sunflower seeds to see how such traits are selected in nature. Histograms created from the data allow students to analyze the frequency and symmetry of distribution and draw conclusions about the natural selection of seed size.Complete for 30 students working in pairs. Five calipers are included for student groups to share. Additional calipers are available separately.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Calipers, steel, vernier, double scale, 5
Sunflower seeds, non-viable, 2 oz

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
MS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
MS-LS4.C: Adaptation
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
HS-LS4.C: Adaptation

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

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.