classroom activity

Abstract: In species that reproduce sexually, the evolutionary success of an individual is dependent upon its ability to secure a mate. Although both males and females are under selection to maximize their reproductive output, the strategies of the two sexes can differ dramatically. In this classroom simulation, students experience how differences in parental investment lead to differences in mating strategy. Students will understand why males generally compete for mates while females generally choose among mates. The activity provides a foundation from which in-depth discussions of sexual selection, sexual conflict, and mating systems can be developed. This activity is suitable for the college animal behavior classroom, or any class in which an in-depth coverage of sexual selection is desired.

This page contains supplementary materials for use in the classroom for this activity, which is described in the following article:

Moore, D., T.C. Holbrook, M.G. Meadows, L.A. Taylor. 2012. The mating game: A classroom activity that explores the evolutionary basis for differences in sex roles. The American Biology Teacher  74(9): 648-65.
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