FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Plants and Animals (3rd Ed.)

The Plants and Animals Module provides experiences that heighten students' awareness of the way that plants and animals meet their basic needs. Students 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 compare classroom plants to those in the schoolyard. They design terrariums and provide for the needs of both plants and animals living together in the classroom. In this module, students will

  • Observe what happens when young ryegrass and alfalfa plants are cut near the soil surface.
  • Compare structures and behaviors of different pairs of animals.
  • Cut plant stems, place them in water or soil, and observe changes over time.
  • Initiate the growth of a new plant from a bulb and from a root, and observe changes over time.
  • Design and build a terrarium habitat that provides for the needs of plants and animals.
  • Record observations of plants and animals, using drawing and writing.

For a description of each investigation in the Plants and Animals Module and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the Module Overview PDF.

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