Document Type

Lesson Plan

Publication Date

Summer 2013


This lesson allows students to use computational models and math concepts and skills in the science classroom. Incorporating these skills into science is key for students to be able to apply what they are learning to real life situations. The modeling can be used in many different lessons and allows students to use engaging and fun tools while learning harder topics such as genetics. This computational model gives students a visual representation of probability and genetics, making it easier for students to understand difficult topics by allowing students to manipulate to model themselves. By the end of this lesson, students will be able to use a computer modeling system, apply math concepts into biology and real life situations, and create and decipher punnet squares.

This lesson addresses many content standards including:


MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

NYS Living Environment Standards

1.1c ; 1.1d; and 2.1b

NYS Math Standards

7.PS.4; 7.PS.6 ; 7.PS.9; 7.PS.10; 7.PS.11; 7.RP.6; 7.CM.1; 7.CM.3; 7.CM4; 7.CN.5; 7.CN.6; 7.CN.7; 7. CN.9; 7.R.1; 7.S.8; and 7.S.9 .

Common Core State Standards (Math)

7.RP Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems

7.SP Use Random sampling to draw inferences about a population

The primary file is a lesson plan, accompanied by supplemental files. In the supplemental zipped files, you will find:

  1. Student worksheets
  2. Lesson plan
  3. Powerpoint presentations


Questions, comments or suggestions about this model may be sent to:

Dr. Leigh Little, The College at Brockport (4880 kB)
Lesson Plan and supplemental content

Tools used

Agent Sheets, Excel

Grade Level