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Learning Exercise: Peppered moth simulation

Peppered moth simulation
I like to use this after going over Natural Selection. Students simulate peppered moths in a variety of environments to see how the population of moths changes over time. This can be done individually on a computer by students or done as a class activity.


Submitted by:
Frank Garcia
Date Last Modified:
October 23, 2009


Teacher led demonstration on how program works.



  • College General Ed
  • High School
  • Middle School


Evolution, Natural Selection


Basic understanding of natural selection and how organisms change over time.

Learning Objectives

Students will get a better understanding of how populations change over time depending on their environments.

Type of Task

  • Student-centered
  • Supervised
  • Supplemental Activity


I like to have students answer questions from a worksheet I have made as well as graph results according to environments used.

Technical Notes

Use of a laptop w/ internet access as well as a LCD projector may be used.