|Insects and Plants Overview
INSECTS AND PLANTS
The Insects and Plants Module provides experiences that
heighten students’ awareness of the living world. They come to
know firsthand the life sequences of a number of insects. Four
investigations introduce an insect and students observe structures
and behaviors, discuss their findings, and record observations over
time. Students see the life cycle of insects unfold and compare the
stages of metamorphosis exhibited by each species. At the same
time, students grow a plant from seeds and observe brassica go
through its life cycle to produce new seeds. Students relate these
firsthand experiences to information they gather from reading about
life cycles of other plants and animals.
FOSS EXPECTS STUDENTS TO
• Develop a curiosity and interest in insects and flowering
plants and an appreciation for them as living things.
• Provide for the needs of insects and plants and observe
them over time.
• Observe the similarities and differences of the life
sequences that different types of insects exhibit (simple and
• Compare the life cycles of different kinds of animals and
learn that organisms reproduce offspring of their own kind.
• Learn that some characteristics of organisms are inherited
from parents and others are caused by the environment.
• Observe variations within a group of insects.
• Organize and communicate observations through drawing
and writing and use bar graphs to record data.
• Follow oral instructions for life science investigations.
• Measure and record temperature in degrees Celsius.
• Write or draw a sequence of steps for an event.
• Use magnifiers to observe and draw organisms.
• Acquire the vocabulary associated with the structures and
life cycles of animals and flowering plants.
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