FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Insects and Plants

This module provides grade 2 students with life science core ideas dealing with structure and function of living things, growth and development of plants and animals, interactions of organisms with their environment, and biodiversity of organisms on land and in water. Students build on the science concepts of growth and development of plants and animals from grades K–1 by observing new organisms over time.

Students see the life cycles of insects unfold in real time and compare the stages exhibited by each species to reveal patterns. At the same time, students grow one type of plant from seed and observe it through its life cycle to produce new seeds. They gain experience with the ways that plants and insects interact in feeding relationships, seed dispersal, and pollination, and students develop models to communicate their understanding.

Throughout the Insects and Plants Module, students engage in science and engineering practices to collect and interpret data to answer science questions, develop models to communicate interactions and processes, and define problems in order to develop solutions. Students gain experiences that will contribute to understanding of crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; and structure and function.

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

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