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Preying on Beans


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Students act as predators searching for prey (beans) in two different settings to demonstrate the processes of adaptation and selection.

UC Museum of Paleontology

Grade level:

50-60 minutes

Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • There is variation within a population. (LS3.A, LS3.B)

  • Advantageous features help living things survive. (LS4.B, LS4.C)

  • Depending upon the environment, some living things will survive better than others. (LS4.B, LS4.C)

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