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Carolina Investigations® for Use with AP® Biology: Population Genetics and Evolution 8-Station Kit

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Students examine the genetics of a population and consider how allelic frequencies can provide evidence about the evolution of species. Students model a population using cards to represent individual alleles, then collect phenotypic data from a population of Wisconsin Fast Plants®. Using direct counting and the Hardy-Weinberg equation, students determine the frequencies of the 2 alleles. Then students design and conduct an experiment to investigate population genetics further. Kit includes enough materials for 8 groups.

Unit Connection
Unit 7: Natural Selection, topics 7.4: Population Genetics and 7.5: Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium

Standards Connection
EVO-1 Evolution is characterized by a change in the genetic makeup of a population over time and is supported by multiple lines of evidence.

Time Requirements
The Pre-Lab takes approximately 30 minutes of preparation, the Guided Investigation takes approximately 60 minutes of preparation, and the Inquiry Investigation takes approximately 30 minutes of preparation.

The Pre-Lab takes approximately 45 minutes. The Guided Investigation takes approximately 60 minutes for Activity A and 30 minutes on each of 2 days 1 week apart for Activity B. The time required for the Inquiry Investigation will vary based on students' plans.

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support instruction. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students should be familiar with Mendelian patterns of inheritance and use of basic algebraic equations.

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What’s Included:
  • 250 Wisconsin Fast Plants® F2 Non-Puprle Stem, Yellow-Green Leaf Seeds
  • 50 Wisconsin Fast Plants® Purple Stem, Hairy Seeds
  • 50 Wisconsin Fast Plants® Non-Purple Stem, Yellow-Green Leaf Seeds
  • 25 Cotton Wicks
  • 25 Plastic Cups, 24 oz
  • 25 Culture Cups
  • 32 Planter Labels
  • 32 Planter Rings
  • 32 Wood Skewers
  • 5 Wisconsin Fast Plants® Potting Soil, 1 L
  • 1 Osmocote Fertilizer, 1.5 oz
  • 1 Wisconsin Fast Plants® Dried Bees
  • 260 Allele Cards
  • 40 Dropping Pipets
  • 1 Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription)
  • 1 Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide
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