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After participating in the simulation, students are asked to develop a conceptual model to explain why a specific version of the body color trait becomes more common in the population over several generations. They then are asked to think about how this model can be used to explain other situations in nature.
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This activity provides an opportunity for students to participate in argumentation. A simplified graphic organizer, “Argumentation Presentation on a Whiteboard” scaffolds students through the argumentation process. Students are given the chance to choose and develop their argument. Several questions are provided for the students to assess whether their argument is convincing, and students share their work with others in a round-robin format. During the round-robin, one member of the group stays with the group’s work and explains it to others, as they visit. The remaining group members go to other groups and listen and critique their arguments, resulting in a process during which every team evaluates each other’s work.
This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this science and engineering practice.
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After students construct a data table that best helps them make sense of their data and think about the patterns they see, a scientific explanation is written based on the evidence. Students identify the guiding question, their claim, their evidence and their justification of the evidence. This is written on a whiteboard and used in the argumentation session of the activity. The protocol for writing an explanation is included in every activity in the book and is an excellent way to have students understand the process of how scientists report their findings after analyzing their data. The justification aspect, explaining why their evidence is important and how it relates to the claim, is important for students to articulate their thinking.
This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this science and engineering practice.
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Instructions on how to complete the activity are provided to assist students in the design process for the investigation about traits in a population that they will carry out. Students decide how to plan their investigation with guiding questions and the NetLogo simulation. Teachers are encouraged to facilitate student development of a data table so students can realize the maximum benefit of an exercise in experimental design. If students are unfamiliar with the experimental design process, the teacher will need to provide instruction and model how to design good experiments and collect appropriate data.