FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Animals Two by Two (3rd Ed.)

The Animals Two by Two Module provides early-childhood students with close and personal interaction with some common land and water animals. Appropriate classroom habitats are established, and students learn to care for the animals. In four investigations, animals are studied in pairs. Students observe and care for one animal over time, and then they are introduced to another animal similar to the first but with differences in structure and behavior. The firsthand experiences are enriched with closeup photos of animals, some related to animals that students have observed in class and some to animals that are new. This process enhances observation, communication, and comparison. In this module, students will

  • Observe and describe the structures of a variety of common animals – fish, birds, snails, earthworms, and isopods.
  • Compare structures and behaviors of different pairs of animals.
  • Observe interactions of animals with their surroundings.
  • Describe properties of objects, compare them, and sort them by properties.
  • Communicate observations and comparisons orally and through words and drawings.
  • Handle animals carefully, and participate in the care and feeding of classroom animals.

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

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