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Genetic Drift Simulation Activity

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In this Genetic Drift Simulation Activity students will use colored craft beads and a dice to model how random events can affect small populations to become a mechanism for evolution.

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Are your biology students struggling to understand the concept of genetic drift? In this Genetic Drift Simulation Activity students will use colored craft beads and a dice to model how random events can affect small populations to become a mechanism for evolution.

 

This activity is low-prep (can be set up in just a few minutes) and is the perfect hands-on, visual representation of genetic drift.

 

Materials Needed for this Activity:

  • 6-sided dice (1 for each lab group)
  • colored craft beads (1 small package per lab group)

 

Items Included in this Resource Download:

  • Student Lab Sheet (editable)
  • Simulation Table (print one per lab group)
  • Answer Key and Video Guide (can be assigned for absent students)

 

For my lower-level Bio classes, I use this as a teacher-directed activity. I use my document camera to model the steps as the students complete their student answer document. Then, we walk through the analysis questions together.

 

For my higher level classes, I assign this simulation as a student-directed lab activity.

 

However you decide to use this activity, your students will find it both informative and engaging.

 

This activity is part of my Evolution Unit! You may also be interested in:

 

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Genetic Drift Simulation Activity

Genetic Drift Simulation Activity

$3.00