Geniverse and the Standards

Development of Geniverse started before the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were themselves developed and released. Therefore our content is based on the National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy, but we’ve we kept an eye on these new standards documents as well. One will quickly see that the Geniverse activities engage students in the Science and Engineering Practices that figure prominently in the Framework and NGSS.

An Example

Students are presented with a question about how a particular trait is inherited in the fictional drakes. They plan and carry out an investigation by selecting which drakes or series of drakes to breed. They then analyze and interpret data, that comes in the form of clutches of 20 offspring at a time, using mathematical thinking to look for patterns in the data that will help them develop an explanation of how that trait is inherited. Students engage in argument from evidence to share and critique their competing explanations.

The content of Geniverse correlates to the areas listed below, described in the Framework, but covers much more content. If your state has already adopted or is considering adopting the Next Generation Science Standards, keep in mind that these new standards are intended to provide a foundation for all students, they do not seek to limit what is taught. Those students who can and should surpass the NGSS performance expectations should be engaged in curriculum that allows them to do so. 

  • LS1.A: Structure and Function

  • LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

  • LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits

  • LS3.B: Variation of Traits