Lesson Plan

Artificially Selecting Dogs

Selective breeding has resulted in some novel and beautiful or useful dogs over the years. Using the American Foxhound as an example, genetics learners find out how and why they came about. Then, in small groups, they select breeds to cross in order to produce a new breed with a combination of desirable traits. This is a terrific task to include early on in a unit on natural selection or inheritance.

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  • Several documents are provided as visual aids to the lesson
  • A worksheet helps groups analytically select which two breeds to cross
  • An engaging simulation that demonstrates the concept of artificial selection
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