The Guppy Game: Understanding the big ideas of natural and sexual selection

Margaret Blattner, Barbara Hug, Patrick Watson, Donna Korol
2012 The Science Teacher  
Keywords Natural Selection Adaptation, interactions between species and their environments, and change over time are fundamental principles in biology (NRC 1996). They represent aspects of two of the big ideas in science: evolution and natural selection (NRC 2011). To help students understand these ideas, we developed the "Guppy Game." In this article, we describe the game and how we used it in an AP biology classroom to model the dynamic processes of population genetics and environmental
more » ... nce on behaviors. Playing the game The Guppy Game has six rounds-one for each habitat. Each round consists of three seasons, and each season has a Survival Phase and a Reproduction Phase. Students play in groups of four, and at the beginning of the game, each player receives a different guppy card. Four guppy cards exist: one fancy and one wild male (different strains of the same
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