To teach the most central concepts in evolutionary biology, we present an activity in pollination biology. Students play the role of either pollinator or flower and work through a set of scenarios to maximize plant fitness. This “Pollination Game” facilitates critical and inquiry-based thinking, and we accompany each round of the exercise with a set of discussion questions and answers. We have piloted and fine tuned this exercise with high school students, and improved the exercise with the input of high school teachers at a teaching conference. The activity could easily be adapted for freshman undergraduate students.
Population Evolution: The Pollination Game
Jennifer J. Weber, Laura B. Vary, Colette E.S. Berg, Beth H. Ansaldi, Steven J. Franks; Population Evolution: The Pollination Game. The American Biology Teacher 1 February 2016; 78 (2): 149–154. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2016.78.2.149
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