Artificial Selection via Selective Breeding Science Games

5 games

In this series of games, your students will learn how humans can intentionally influence the traits of plants and animals. The Artificial Selection via Selective Breeding learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.

Scroll down for a preview of this learning objective’s games and the concepts they drive home.

Concepts Covered

People can control other organisms’ breeding patterns to produce desired traits. Unlike in natural selection, these are not always the most beneficial traits for the species.

For thousands of years, we have selectively bred crops to grow larger fruits and vegetables for us to eat. We also breed animals specifically to live with us. Modern dogs evolved from wolves, and there are now hundreds of different breeds that rely on people for survival.

Selective breeding weeds out undesired traits over time, reducing genetic variation and causing inbreeding. It can also affect natural selection if a selectively bred organism mates with a wild individual in its species.

A preview of each game in the learning objective is found below.

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