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In Crazy Plant Shop, students learn about genes and inheritance by breeding zany plants like the Chomplex (plants with big chompy teeth), Catcus (cactus cats), and Bunnyon (onion bunnies)! Special order requests from mysterious customers require students to understand dominant and recessive traits and how genetic traits get passed from one generation to the next. Profits from successful sales are used to acquire new breeds and expand the shop's customer base!
This game is designed to be used in inclusive science classrooms that have a diverse range of students (e.g., average and above average students, students with high incidence disabilities, English language learners, and students who struggle with reading). It is designed using the Universal Design for Learning framework, strategically aligned to key state standards, and formulated to integrate seamlessly with existing curricula.
(The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program contract ED-IES-10-C-0023 to Filament Games. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute of the U.S. Department of Education.)
We are excited to offer an integrated curriculum, which includes both teacher and student versions. The curriculum that accompanies the games extends the game-playing with activities, labs, and hands-on “real-world” games that allow students to explore key scientific concepts in further detail. Instead of extensive instruction, the curriculum stresses an immersive experience that builds on the experiential nature of the scientific game play.
Throughout the six lessons that accompany each game, particular emphasis is placed on repeated game play because each play session provides another opportunity to delve deeper into the scientific processes and ideas on which the game is based. Students are encouraged to discuss their unique game experiences as a class. Focused warm-up discussions and creative post-lesson activities allow teachers to gauge student understanding and growth. Two standard assessments are provided for teachers who want a bridge to more traditional testing rubrics.
In some kinds of organisms, all the genes come from a single parent.
In organisms that have two sexes, typically half of the genes come from each parent.
New varieties of cultivated plants and domestic animals have resulted from selective breeding for particular traits.
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation.
Gather and synthesize information about the technologies that have changed the way humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms.