Despite the numerous advantages of using inquiry, many teachers do not use this method because of issues such as time constraints and increased workload. In addition, content such as evolution is particularly problematic to teach because of the perceived lack of hands-on activities and societal pressures. This inquiry activity is designed to help students understand an important component of evolution by natural selection. Through this activity students better understand natural variation within populations using peanuts. Students are encouraged to make links between population data, population diversity and evolution by using collected data to construct and interpret graphs. This article promotes National Science Education Content Standards A, C, and G, Iowa Teaching Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 2009 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Kasuga, Lindsay M. C. and Evans, Christine
"Nuts about Inquiry: Peanut Variation and Natural Selection,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 36
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol36/iss3/4