The study of the relationships between one organism and its
environment builds knowledge of all organisms. With this knowledge
comes an awareness of limits. Such knowledge is important because
humans can change environments. To do so without awareness of
possible consequences can lead to disasters because all living things
depend on the conditions in their environment. The Environments
Module consists of five investigations that focus on the concepts that
all organisms need energy and matter to live and grow and living
organisms depend on one another and on their environment for their
FOSS EXPECTS STUDENTS TO
• Develop an attitude of respect and understanding for life.
• Gain experience with the major environmental components
(living and nonliving) in terrestrial and aquatic systems.
• Conduct experiments with plants to determine ranges of
• Determine an organism’s optimum conditions and
• Organize and analyze data from experiments and
investigations with plants and animals.
• Observe and describe changes in complex systems over time
and interpret those observations.
• Relate laboratory studies to natural systems where in any
particular environment some kinds of plants and animals
survive well and others survive less well or not at all.
• Explain the feeding relationships in a number of ecosystems
through food chains and food webs describing the roles
of producers and consumers (herbivores, carnivores, and
• Describe how organisms can compete for resources in an
• Apply measurement in the context of science investigations.
• Develop questions and perform scientific investigations to
test predictions and draw conclusions.
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