|Plants and Animals Overview
PLANTS AND ANIMALS
The Plants and Animals Module provides experiences that heighten
young students’ awareness of the different ways that plants and
animals meet their needs. Students care for plants to learn what they
need to grow and develop. They observe the structures of plants and
discover ways to propagate new plants from mature plants (from
seeds, bulbs, roots, and stem cuttings). They observe and describe
changes that occur as plants grow, and organize their observations on
a calendar and in a notebook. They build a terrarium and provide for
the needs of both plants and animals living together in a classroom
habitat. They read about and view photographs and videos of plants
and animals living in different habitats.
FOSS EXPECTS STUDENTS TO
• Develop a curiosity and interest in plants as living things.
• Provide for the needs of growing plants and animals.
• Observe and describe the changes that occur as plants grow
• Become familiar with the structures and functions of
flowering plants (root, stem, leaf).
• Discover various ways that new plants can develop from
• Compare the basic needs of common plants and animals.
• Experience some of the diversity of forms in the plant and
animal kingdoms and become aware of features that help
plants and animals thrive in different habitats.
• Learn that some animals eat plants, and others use them for
shelter and nesting.
• Compare structure and function of different animals’ teeth.
• Organize and communicate observations through drawing
• Acquire the vocabulary associated with the structures,
needs, and habitats of plants and animals.
• Draw pictures that portray features of objects.
• Record observations and data with pictures, numbers, and
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