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Ward's® AP Biology Investigation 1: Evolution: Artificial Selection

Avg. Ratings: 1.0 (1 Review)
WARD470134-764 WARD470136-826
Meets AP Science Practices 2, 5, and 7

  • Perform selective breeding by isolating phenotypes of rapid-growing plants
  • Updated literature with illustrations to aid comprehension
In this investigation, students to simulate the process of natural selection, differential reproduction, and the underlying process of evolution to explore how external factors impact the prevalence of a phenotype in the next generation. Using a population of fast-growing plants, students will artificially select one or more phenotypes to determine whether they can successfully change the prevalence of that phenotype in the next generation of plants. Then they’ll apply statistical analyses to evaluate the probability that their conclusion will be accurate.

The Only Kits Aligned with AP Science Practices. Ward's AP Biology Investigations provide complete coverage of the Four Big Ideas and Seven Science Practices to help you meet new AP Biology curriculum standards and prepare students for real-world success in college and research-level labs. Each investigation follows a series of three parts, beginning with a structured lab investigation, followed by a related guided inquiry investigation with thoughtful assessment questions, and finally, suggestions to encourage students to formulate their own questions and explore further self-guided experimentation. This complete series of investigations emphasizes the progression to fully student-directed investigations and builds competence in all of the science practices, helping students:
•Practice concept application instead of fact memorization.
•Focus on self-guided experimentation instead of step-by-step lab procedure.
•Investigate real-world concepts with greater curriculum flexibility.
•Apply problem-solving skills to strengthen student inquiry.

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Accessories information: Refill kits contain only consumable component items and do not contain additional copy masters.



Item # Description No. of Lab Groups Unit Availability Price Quantity
470134-764 AP Investigation 1: Artificial Selection Kit
8 Kit of 1 Retrieving
470136-826 AP Investigation 1: Artificial Selection Refill
8 Kit of 1 Retrieving


Item # Length Description Width No. of Pages Unit Availability Price Quantity
470174-714 Paper Towels - - - Case of 30 Retrieving Restricted
Each Retrieving Restricted
470150-762 VWR® Lab Notebook, Grid - - - Case of 12 Retrieving
Each Retrieving
470018-912 - 6" (15.2 cm)
- - Each Retrieving
470023-064 Life Science Student Lab Notebook 22 cm
28 cm 70 Each Retrieving


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Avg. Ratings: 1.0 out of 5

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TR Education / Teacher / Providence, RI
No, I didn't recommend
I would not recommend this product. The first shipment of 300 Arabidopsis seeds only yielded four germinated seeds which quickly died. I followed the cold snap directions and growing instructions per the Ward's teacher guide. The company graciously send me another 300 seeds. I cold snapped them for 72 hours and then planted each seed individually using forceps which was incredibly time consuming. This yielded a much higher germination rate and I now have 50 plants. I have them under the recommended growth conditions but after four weeks the plants are still very small. My students and I have put in so much work to grow these plants and I am not confident that we can get through the flowering and cross pollination steps in a timely manner. I plan on using Wisconsin Fast Plants from another company in order to perform the Artificial Selection lab requirements for AP Biology.
Reply associate Published 09/22/2017
Thank you for your feedback. Your review on the Arabidopsis seeds lead us to do some further investigation with our vendor. While the vendor does not supply an expiration date on the seeds, they do supply a date when the seeds were packaged. We did find some seeds in stock that were older then we would have liked to supply in a kit. Now that we know the “code” is truly a packaged on date, this will help us to ensure only the freshest of seeds are being supplied to our customers. Thank you again for your feedback.
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