Color Variation Over Time in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

While many mutations are neutral, those that appear advantageous increase in frequency in a population. Scholars use illustrations to make predictions about populations of mice. They follow it up with a video to confirm or refute their hypotheses and, finally, analyze the data in charts and graphs  to answer analysis questions. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Review bar graphs highlighting which variable goes on which axis
  • Focus on the mutation not being related to an outside stimulus
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of traits, inherited traits, survival, reproduction, niches, and food webs
  • Includes a complete answer key
  • Links to an extension idea for more advanced classes
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