Color Variation Over Time in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

Simple characteristic changes can have a significant impact on species survival. A hands-on activity has learners investigate the color variation in pocket mouse populations in different environments. They connect the timing and number of the variations to the changes in the environment over the same time period.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Show pupils images of different environments and have them predict the more prevalent type of pocket mouse
Classroom Considerations
  • Allow time to prepare the necessary materials
  • Requires knowledge of food webs and how animals fill niches
Pros
  • Includes a link to an additional activity for further analysis
  • Provides all necessary materials and handouts
Cons
  • None
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