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Insects – Additional Resources

FOSS has developed a list of recommended resources for each module. These resources include listings for nonfiction and fiction books for students, resource books for teachers, websites, images, videos, and local resources that extend the hands-on science activities in each module.
Resources intended for teachers only are labeled with yellow: Teacher-only Resource
Resources intended for students are labeled in blue: Student Resource
Books: Non-Fiction
Some of these resources may be out-of-print, either permanently or for a short time while they are being reprinted. These resources have been included here because they are still good extensions (some classic) to the FOSS modules and courses. If you can't find them for purchase, check your local library or try searching one of the used book sites available online.
100 Things You Should Know About Insects and Spiders
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Steve Parker, Jim FleggPublisher:  Barnes and Noble BooksPublication Year:  2004ISBN:  0-760-75398-9Description:  Detailed artwork reveals the amazing variety of silky spiders and intriguing insects. Includes puzzles, quizzes, and projects.
Animal Behavior (OBIS)
Grade Level:  2-6Publisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of SciencePublication Year:  1980Description:  A collection of outdoor activities designed to supplement the basic classroom science curriculum. Some activites include: The Old White Sheet Trick: By attracting night-flying insects to a brightly lit surface and conducting other light-related experiments, the youngsters discover how light affects insects' behavior. Ants: The children investigate the behavior of ants.
Animal Defenses
Grade Level:  K-KAuthor:  Jean C. EcholsPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of ScienceISBN:  0-91251-109-5Description:  Beginning with an imaginary defenseless animal, this highly visual unit teaches children about defensive adaptations in the animal world. Like Hide a Butterfly, this is an excellent way to introduce biological concepts of predator/prey and help youngsters distinguish between defensive structures and behaviors
Animal Patterns (Series)
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Nathan OlsonPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2007ISBN:  978-0-7368-6728-3Description:  The animal patterns featured in this book can be as small as the parallel threads of a spider's web or as large as elephants walking in a line and forming a predictable configuration of alternating sizes.
Ants
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Cheryl CoughlanPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  051-6218-220Description:  Simple text and photographs present the features of this insect. Related books and Internet sites are listed in the back of each book.
Ants
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Margaret HallPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-7368-2586-XDescription:  Simple text and photographs describe the physical characteristics and habits of ants.
Ants
Author:  Deirdre A. PrischmannPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  736837051Description:  A brief introduction to ants, discussing their characteristics, habitat, life cycle, and predators. Includes a range map, life cycle illustration, and amazing facts.
Aquatic Animal Behavior (OBIS)
Grade Level:  2-6Publisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of SciencePublication Year:  1980Description:  A collection of outdoor activities designed to supplement the basic classroom science curriculum. Some activites include: Damsels and Dragons: The youngsters investigate damselfly and dragonfly perching behavior, and discover how these "D-flies" react to flying decoys; Hopper Herding: The youngsters round up a "herd" of hopping insects (grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids) and find out how many different kinds are in their herd.
At Home In The Rainforest
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Diane WillowIllustrator:  Laura JacquesPublisher:  CharlesbridgePublication Year:  1991ISBN:  0-881-06485-8Description:  From the tops of the tropical trees to the forest floor, this book shows the interrelationships of plants and animals that thrive at each level of an Amazonian rain forest.
Beetles
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Cheryl CoughlanPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2000ISBN:  073-6802-355Description:  Simple text and photographs present the features of this insect. Related books and Internet sites are listed in the back of each book.
Beetles
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Deirdre A. PrischmannPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-736-83706-XDescription:  A brief introduction to beetles, discussing their characteristics, habitat, life cycle, and predators. Includes a range map, life-cycle illustration, and facts.
Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart of Nature Education
Author:  David SobelPublisher:  The Orion Society's Nature Literacy SeriesPublication Year:  1996ISBN:  913098507Description:  If you teach, or feel you should teach, about environmental issues to students in grades K-8, then it is essential that you read this book. Sobel's primary argument is that well-intentioned educators often dive into issues about how humans are destroying Earth (rain forests are burning, polar bears are dying, oil is killing everything) at too young of an age. He writes, "What's important is that children have an opportunity to bond with the natural world, to learn to love it, before being ask to heal its wounds." He proposes three phases of environmental curricula, "In early childhood, activities should center on enhancing the developmental tendency toward empathy with the natural world; in middle childhood, exploration should take precedence; and in the early adolescence, social action should assume a more central role."
Bug Faces
Grade Level:  3-5Author:  Darlyne A. MurawskiPublisher:  National GeographicPublication Year:  2000ISBN:  0-792-27557-8Description:  The full-page photographs in this book introduce the physical structures that are unique to certain bugs.
Bugs For Lunch
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Margery FacklamIllustrator:  Sylvia LongPublisher:  CharlesbridgePublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-8810-6272-3Description:  Children learn about insectivorous creatures, presented in simple verse and close-up double-page color illustrations.
Bumble Bee
Author:  Fran HowardPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-736-83642-XDescription:  Simple text and photographs describe the physical characteristics of bumble bees.
Bumble Bees
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Cheryl CoughlanPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2000ISBN:  073-6802-363Description:  Simple text and photographs present the features of this insect. Related books and Internet sites are listed in the back of each book.
Butterflies
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Gail Saunders-SmithPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  1997ISBN:  1-560-65485-6Description:  Part of the Animal series, Butterflies describes the life cycle of the butterfly, using simple text and photographs. Related books and Internet sites are listed in the back.
Butterflies
Author:  Fran HowardPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  736836438Description:  Simple text and photographs describe the physical characteristics of butterflies.
Butterflies
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Lori ShoresPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2241-7Description:  Clear photos and range maps accompany easily digestible information in a field guide format. Now even the youngest readers can become experts on butterflies.
Butterfly and Moth
Author:  Paul WhalleyPublisher:  DK PublishingPublication Year:  2000ISBN:  0-789-45832-2Description:  Explores the behavior and life cycles of butterflies and moths.
Buzzing A Hive
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Jean C. EcholsPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of ScienceISBN:  0-924886-39-0Description:  This guide explores the complex social behavior, communication, and hive environment of the honeybee through activities that mix art, literature, role-play, and drama. (Live bees are not a part of this unit.)
Camouflage and Mimicry: Animal Weapons and Defenses
Grade Level:  Pre-K-5Author:  Janet RieheckyPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2012ISBN:  9781429665087Description:  When it comes to survival, appearances are everything! A harmless animal can frighten predators away by appearing dangerous. A dangerous animal can lure prey by appearing harmless. Discover the disguises of some of your favorite animals. (From the Animal Weapons and Defenses series.)
Classroom Creature Culture: Algae To Anoles: A Collection of Articles From NSTA's Journals
Author:  Carolyn H. Hampton, Carol D. Hampton, David C. Kramer, et al.Publisher:  NSTA PressPublication Year:  1994ISBN:  9780873551205Description:  A collection of articles from NSTA's Science and Children magazine. Included are articles on caring for earthworms, snails, isopods, fresh and saltwater fish and more than twenty other classroom creatures.
Creepy, Crawly, Baby Bugs
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Sandra MarklePublisher:  Walker and Co.Publication Year:  2003ISBN:  0-802-77659-0Description:  A close look at baby insects with large photographs and clear, simple text. The lives and ways of aphids, caterpillars, praying mantises, and more are presented with accuracy and appeal. Includes glossary, index, and "Things to Do" section.
Crickets
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Cheryl CoughlanPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2000ISBN:  073-6802-371Description:  Simple text and photographs present the features of this insect. Related books and Internet sites are listed in the back of each book.
Crickets
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Margaret HallPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-7368-2587-8Description:  Simple text and photographs describe the physical characteristics and habits of crickets.
Disgusting Bugs (Series)
Grade Level:  1-5Author:  Connie Colwell MillerPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2007ISBN:  938-0-7368-6798-6Description:  Bugs can be on your head, in your bed, or growing underneath your skin! Discover the habits of these tiny creatures.
Dragonflies
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Cheryl CoughlanPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2000ISBN:  073-6802-38XDescription:  Simple text and photographs present the features of this insect. Related books and Internet sites are listed in the back of each book.
Experimenting With Model Rockets
Grade Level:  6-10Author:  Cary I. SneiderPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of ScienceISBN:  0-912511-20-6Description:  These exciting rocketry activities were specifically designed to appeal to girls as much as to boys. The unit focuses on controlled experimentation, providing students essential foundations in scientific inquiry.
Eye Wonder: Bugs
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Penelope York, Mary LingPublisher:  DK PublishingPublication Year:  2002ISBN:  0-789-48552-4Description:  Describes a variety of insects and their behavior, discussing metamorphosis, camouflage, defenses, and their benefits to people.
Familiar Insects And Spiders: North America
Author:  John Farrand, Jr., National Audubon SocietyPublisher:  Alfred A. KnopfPublication Year:  1988ISBN:  0-394-75792-0Description:  Photographs illustrate this guidebook to familiar insects and spiders.
Fireflies
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Cheryl CoughlanPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2000ISBN:  0-736-80239-8Description:  Simple text and photographs present the features of fireflies.
Fireflies
Author:  Connie Colwell MillerPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  736837078Description:  A brief introduction to fireflies, discussing their characteristics, habitat, life cycle, and predators. Includes a range map, life cycle illustration, and amazing facts.
Flies
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Cheryl CoughlanPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2000ISBN:  073-6802-401Description:  Simple text and photographs present the features of this insect. Related books and Internet sites are listed in the back of each book.
Flies
Grade Level:  2-4Author:  Tamara GreenIllustrator:  Tony GibbonsPublisher:  Gareth StevensPublication Year:  1997ISBN:  0-836-81914-4Description:  Examines the anatomy, behavior, dangers, relatives, and enemies of the common house fly.
Forest Explorer A Life-Size Field Guide
Grade Level:  1-4Author:  Nic BishopPublisher:  ScholasticPublication Year:  2004ISBN:  0-439-17480-5Description:  Nic Bishop's close up clear photography and collages of forest ecosystems, in the treetops, in the leafy understory, after dark and seasonally, let the reader explore and wonder about all the creatures that live together in a habitat. What are the individual and group's relationships to the animals and plants in that part of the forest? A lovely book to discover and read about interesting critters and their adaptations to the forest they live in.
Grasshopper
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Cheryl CoughlanPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2000ISBN:  073-6802-41XDescription:  Simple text and photographs present the features of this insect. Related books and Internet sites are listed in the back of each book.
Grasshoppers
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Margaret HallPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-7368-2588-6Description:  Simple text and photographs describe the characteristics and habits of grasshoppers
Grasshoppers
Author:  Connie Colwell MillerPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  736837086Description:  A brief introduction to grasshoppers, discussing their characteristics, habitat, life cycle, and predators. Includes a range map, life cycle illustration, and amazing facts.
Hide A Butterfly
Grade Level:  K-KAuthor:  Jean C. EcholsPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of ScienceISBN:  0-924886-59-5Description:  This guide introduces children to the basic concepts of protective coloration as they learn to identify parts of a flower, create a nature-scene mural, learn about butterflies, and talk about animals they may have seen in the wild.
How To Hide A Butterfly And Other Insects
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Ruth HellerPublisher:  Grosset and DunlapPublication Year:  1992ISBN:  0-448-40477-XDescription:  Discover a beautiful butterfly, a feeding praying mantis, and a variety of other intriguing insects as they play a clever game of hide-and-seek.
Insects
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Adele RichardsonPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-7368-2623-8Description:  Discusses the characteristics, eating habits, and offspring of insects.
Insects
Grade Level:  K-6Author:  Bettina Bird, Joan ShortIllustrator:  Deborah SavinPublisher:  Mondo PublishingPublication Year:  1997ISBN:  1-572-55216-6Description:  There are more insects in the world than all other species of animals put together. How have they managed to survive and thrive? This book explains why, plus much much more about these fascinating creatures.
Investigating Insects with a Scientist
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Patricia J. MurphyPublisher:  Enslow PublishersPublication Year:  2004ISBN:  0-7660-2270-6Description:  How do scientists learn about insects? They ask questions! What are the parts of an insect? Why do we need insects? How many insects are in the world? Join insect scientist May Berenbaum as she helps you answer these questions.
Ladybugs
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Cheryl CoughlanPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  073-6802-428Description:  Simple text and photographs present the features of this insect. Related books and Internet sites are listed in the back of each book.
Ladybugs
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Margaret HallPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-7368-2589-4Description:  Simple text and photographs describe the characteristics and habits of ladybugs.
Ladybugs
Grade Level:  K-1Author:  Jean C. EcholsPublisher:  GEMS, The Lawrence Hall of SciencePublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-924886-19-6Description:  This popular unit uses the charm of ladybugs to present key science and math concepts relating to animal adaptation, ecology, and interdependence. Children learn about ladybug body structure, symmetry, life cycle, defensive behavior, and foods. Use of live ladybugs is optional.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Grade Level:  12-12Author:  Richard Louv.Publisher:  Algonquin BooksPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  1565125223Description:  Today's wired generation is the focus of this work linking the absence of nature in today's children to trends in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Louv uses recent research to suggest that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development. This book should bring about challenging discussion about how "nature deficit" affects students in your classroom.
Lifetimes: A Beautiful Way To Explain Death To Children
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Bryan Mellonie, Robert IngpenPublisher:  BantamPublication Year:  1983ISBN:  0-553-34402-1Description:  Explains life and death in a sensitive and caring way.
Look Once, Look Again: Animal Eyes
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  David Schwartz, Dwight KuhnIllustrator:  Dwight Kuhn, PhotographerPublisher:  Gareth StevensPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-836-82423-7Description:  A short photographic book that compares the eyes of a crab, fish, frog, horsefly, sea star, cat, and gecko. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-up images.
Look Once, Look Again: Animal Feet
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  David Schwartz, Dwight KuhnIllustrator:  Dwight Kuhn, Photographer,Publisher:  Creative Teaching PressPublication Year:  1998ISBN:  1-574-71319-1Description:  A short photographic books that compares the feet of a duck, caterpillar, gecko, flicker, tree frog, black bear, and a snail. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-ups images.
Look Once, Look Again: Animal Tails
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  David Schwartz, Dwight KuhnIllustrator:  Dwight Kuhn, PhotographerPublisher:  Creative Teaching PressPublication Year:  1998ISBN:  1-574-71322-1Description:  A short photographic books that compares tails of a mosquito larva, lemur, guppy, tadpole, pig, earwig, and chameleon. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-ups images.
Look Once, Look Again: Mouths
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  David Schwartz, Dwight KuhnIllustrator:  Dwight KuhnPublisher:  Gareth StevensPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-836-82425-3Description:  A short photographic book that compares the mouths of a puffin, child, housefly, dragonfly nymph, butterfly, chameleon, and alligator.
Mealworms
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Donna SchafferPublisher:  Bridgestone BooksPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-7368-0209-6Description:  Describes the physical characteristics, habitats, and stages of development of mealworms. Includes table of contents, index, glossary and more resources. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-ups images.
Milkweed Bugs
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Donna SchafferPublisher:  Bridgestone BooksPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-7368-0208-8Description:  Describes the physical characteristics, habitats, and stages of development of large milkweed bugs. Includes table of contents, index, glossary and more resources. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-ups images.
Millipedes
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Donna SchafferPublisher:  Bridgestone BooksPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  073-6802-10XDescription:  Describes the physical characteristics, habitats, and stages of development of millipedes. Includes table of contents, index, glossary and more resources. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-ups images.
Monarch Butterfly
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Gail GibbonsPublisher:  Holiday HousePublication Year:  1989ISBN:  0-8234-0909-0Description:  Describes the life cycle, body parts, and behavior of the monarch butterfly. Includes instructions on how to raise a monarch.
Mosquitoes
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Cheryl CoughlanPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2000ISBN:  073-6802-436Description:  Simple text and photographs present the features of this insect. Related books and Internet sites are listed in the back of each book.
Mosquitoes
Grade Level:  2-6Author:  Connie Colwell MillerPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-736-83709-4Description:  A brief introduction to mosquitoes, discussing habitat, life cycle, and predators. Includes a range map, life-cycle illustration, and facts.
Moths
Author:  Fran HowardPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  736836446Description:  Simple text and photographs describe the physical characteristic of moths.
On One Flower: Butterflies, Ticks, and a Few More Icks
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Anthony FredericksIllustrator:  Jennifer DirubbioPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsPublication Year:  2006ISBN:  1-58469-087-9Description:  A rhyming text tells how two boys wander into a field and discover a thriving ecosystem on a single goldenrod flower. A mix of insects and arachnids with their characteristics is introduced.
Painted Lady Butterflies
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Donna SchafferPublisher:  Bridgestone BooksPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-7368-0211-8Description:  Describes the physical characteristics, habitats, and stages of development of painted lady butterflies. Includes table of contents, index, glossary and more resources. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-ups images.
Painted Lady Butterflies
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Martha E. H. RustadPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2228-8Description:  See the cycle of life of a butterfly unfold before your eyes with clear, easy text and colorful labeled photographs in this book.
Pillbugs
Grade Level:  Pre-K-4Author:  Donna SchafferPublisher:  Bridgestone BooksPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-736-80212-6Description:  Describes the physical characteristics, habitats, and stages of development of pill bugs. Includes table of contents, index, glossary, and more resources.
Praying Mantises
Grade Level:  Pre-K-2Author:  Margaret HallPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-7368-2590-8Description:  Simple text and photographs describe the physical characteristics and habits of praying mantises.
Praying Mantises
Grade Level:  2-5Author:  Connie Colwell MillerPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  0-736-83710-8Description:  A brief introduction to praying mantises, discussing their characteristics, habitat, life cycle, and predators.
Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool, K-8
Author:  Herbert W. BrodaPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  1571107290Description:  This is a great book that incorporates the most recent research from experts who are working to connect children to the outdoor world. It is well-researched, exciting to read, and grounded in the realities of today's school experiences. Broda writes, "Although there are many good reasons for taking students outside—educational, social, aesthetic, recreational—I have to admit that one of my most compelling reasons is to provide opportunities for kids to experience that sense of wonder . . . The more we take children outside for learning activities, the greater the probability for moments of awe and insight." This book gives you everything you need to start using the schoolyard.
Silkworms
Grade Level:  K-4Author:  Donna SchafferIllustrator:  Isao KishidaPublisher:  Bridgestone BooksPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  073-6802-134Description:  Describes the physical characteristics, habitats, and stages of development of silkworms, as well as how they are raised to produce silk. Includes table of contents, index, glossary and more resources. Simple, engaging format that hooks the reader with close-ups images.
Silkworms
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Martha E. H. RustadPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2009ISBN:  978-1-4296-2230-1Description:  See the cycle of life of a silkworm unfold before your eyes with clear, easy text and colorful labeled photographs in this book.
Silkworms
Author:  Sylvia A. JohnsonIllustrator:  Isao KishidaPublisher:  Lerner PublishingPublication Year:  1982ISBN:  0-822-59557-5Description:  An introduction to the domesticated silkworm moth.
Ten-Minute Field Trips: A Teacher's Guide to Using the Schoolgrounds for Environmental Studies (3rd edition)
Author:  Helen Ross RussellPublisher:  NSTA PressPublication Year:  2001ISBN:  873550986Description:  Don't let the fact that this book was originally published in 1973 fool you into skipping it; it is quite timely for today's once available funding for field trips. Ten-minute field trips are something you have time for and can afford! This book is brimming with ideas for things to try and observe right outside the classroom door. Russell embraces the use of the schoolyard no matter where your school is located; many of the mini trips described in this book can be performed on the asphalt of an urban schoolyard. Russell presents straightforward background knowledge for you and thoughtful inquiry questions for your students.
The Icky Bug Alphabet Book
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Jerry PallottaIllustrator:  Ralph MasielloPublisher:  CharlesbridgePublication Year:  1986ISBN:  0-881-06450-5Description:  Describes characteristics and activities of insects and other crawly creatures from A to Z, beginning with ants and ended with zebra butterflies.
The Icky Bug Counting Book
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Jerry PallottaIllustrator:  Illus. Ralph MasielloPublisher:  CharlesbridgePublication Year:  1992ISBN:  8-810-6496-3Description:  This book helps children discover intriguing facts about the world of bugs and insects. The lighthearted text and vivid illustrations make this alphabetical and counting exploration of small animal life both informative and entertaining. Full color.
The Role of Public Policy in K—12 Science Education
Author:  George E. DeBoer, editorPublisher:  AAAS Project 2061 (Research in Science Education Series)Publication Year:  2011Description:  

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Linda De Lucchi and Larry Malone, co-directors of the FOSS Project, have co-written a chapter entitled "The Effect of Educational Policy on Curriculum Development: A Perspective from the Lawrence Hall of Science" as part of this publication. The goal of this volume of Research in Science Education is to examine the relationship between science education policy and practice and the special role that science education researchers play in influencing policy. It has been suggested that the science education research community is isolated from the political process, pays little attention to policy matters, and has little influence on policy. But to influence policy, it is important to understand how policy is made and how it is implemented. This volume sheds light on the intersection between policy and practice through both theoretical discussions and practical examples.

This book was written primarily about science education policy development in the context of the highly decentralized educational system of the United States. But, because policy development is fundamentally a social activity involving knowledge, values, and personal and community interests, there are similarities in how education policy gets enacted and implemented around the world.

This volume is meant to be useful to science education researchers and to practitioners such as teachers and administrators because it provides information about which aspects of the science education enterprise are affected by state, local, and national policies. It also provides helpful information for researchers and practitioners who wonder how they might influence policy. In particular, it points out how the values of people who are affected by policy initiatives are critical to the implementation of those policies.

The Story of Chester
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Susie VanderlipPublisher:  Intuitive Wisdom PublicationsPublication Year:  0ISBN:  978-0-974-46240Description:  The Story of Chester is a true story of a monarch butterfly in the backyard of a Southern California home. Students will enjoy the story, with photos, of Chester and other caterpillars crawling, feeding, and growing as they go through their lifecycle. An accompanying DVD has great live-action images of these fascinating insects.
They Don't Have to Die: Home And Classroom Care For Small Animals
Grade Level:  6-8Author:  Jim DunlapPublisher:  Rowman and LittlefieldPublication Year:  1996ISBN:  1-556-22533-4Description:  A must for teachers who keep small animals in their classroom. You'll find complete instructions for the care and feeding of classroom pets, from insects to small mammals. There is a section on inexpensive solutions for cages and containers. The book also deals with the safe and humane disposal of most animals.
Thinking About Ants
Grade Level:  1-3Author:  Barbara BrennerIllustrator:  Carol SchwartzPublisher:  Mondo PublishingPublication Year:  1997ISBN:  1-5725-5210-7Description:  This book encourages the reader to actively explore the cycle and habitats of a variety of ants from the ants' perspective.
Under One Rock: Bugs, Slugs, and Other Ughs
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Anthony D. FredericksIllustrator:  Jennifer DiRubbioPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsPublication Year:  2001ISBN:  1-584-69027-5Description:  A little boy discovers a whole new environment of animals under a rock. The story is told in cumulative, rhyming text and weaves in scientific facts.
Under One Rock: Bugs, Slugs, and other Ughs
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Anthony FredericksIllustrator:  Jennifer DirubbioPublisher:  Dawn PublicationsPublication Year:  2001ISBN:  1-58469-027-5Description:  A little boy discovers a whole new environment of animals under a rock.
Walkingsticks
Author:  Fran HowardPublisher:  Capstone PressPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  736836454Description:  Simple text and photographs describe the physical characteristics of walkingsticks.
What's the Difference Between a Butterfly and a Moth?
Grade Level:  K-3Author:  Robin KoontzIllustrator:  Bandelin-DaceyPublisher:  Picture Window BooksPublication Year:  2010ISBN:  978-1-4048-5543-1Description:  Do you know the differences between a butterfly and a moth? One animal has furry feelers and a chubby body. The other has clubbed feelers and a thin body. Find out which animal is which.
Books: Fiction
Some of these resources may be out-of-print, either permanently or for a short time while they are being reprinted. These resources have been included here because they are still good extensions (some classic) to the FOSS modules and courses. If you can't find them for purchase, check your local library or try searching one of the used book sites available online.
Hey There, Stink Bug!
Grade Level:  K-5Author:  Leslie BulionIllustrator:  Leslie EvansPublisher:  CharlesbridgePublication Year:  2006ISBN:  9781580893046Description:  Antlions, skipper caterpillars, and even dung beetles make appearances in this book, which is a collection of poems that focuses on the insect world. It includes a number of poetic forms, including haiku and clerihew. A brief annotation is included with each poem, providing some interesting background information for the readers, young and old alike. Glossary included.
Leaf Man
Grade Level:  Pre-K-3Author:  Lois EhlertPublisher:  HarcourtPublication Year:  2005ISBN:  978-0-1520-5304-8Description:  Pages die-cut into the shape of leaves. A man made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him. A fun activity to do with this book is to have students create their own leaf man.
Once There Was A Tree
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Natalia RomanovaIllustrator:  Gennady SpirinPublisher:  Dutton BooksPublication Year:  1992ISBN:  0-1405-4677-4Description:  This Russian story explores how life continues in the stump of a tree as it attracts a variety of insects, plants, and animals (including humans).
Show and Tell Bunnies
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Kathryn LaskyIllustrator:  Marylin HafnerPublisher:  Candlewick PressPublication Year:  2001ISBN:  0-763-61050-XDescription:  Worried that he can't find anything for show-and-tell, Clyde finally decides on a small fuzzy "mystery" ball from his basement. It turns out to be an egg sack from which 244 tiny baby spiderlings hatch.
Spider Boy
Grade Level:  4-6Author:  Ralph FletcherPublisher:  Yearling BooksPublication Year:  1998ISBN:  440414830Description:  This is another great story for upper elementary students. In this one, a student moves to a new state and endures teasing for his love of spiders. This "new kid" is passionate about all arachnids which is great for teaching appreciation of all life, not just the fuzzy mammals. What is especially neat about this book is the boy's interest and talent for writing in his journal.
The Butterfly House
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Eve BuntingIllustrator:  Greg ShedPublisher:  ScholasticPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  0-590-84884-4Description:  Tells of a young girl and her grandfather who save a caterpillar from a hungry jay and build a house where the caterpillar can transform into a butterfly.
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Eric CarlePublisher:  Philomel BooksPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  039-9232-01XDescription:  This popular series introduces children to the world of insects through simple tales of struggle and unique illustrations. The very clumsy click beetle has no trouble with the clicking and flipping part, but it does have trouble landing on its feet. The young beetle tries and tries again, encouraged by an ambling turtle, a slithering snail, and a scurrying mouse. Finally, when a curious boy approaches, the beetle takes coaching from a wise old click beetle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Eric CarlePublisher:  PutnamPublication Year:  1971ISBN:  0-399-20853-4Description:  Describes the life cycle of a voracious caterpillar. It eats fruits and vegetables through the days of the week and in the end emerges as a beautiful butterfly.
The Very Lonely Firefly
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Eric CarlePublisher:  Philomel BooksPublication Year:  1999ISBN:  039-9234-276Description:  This popular series introduces children to the world of insects through simple tales of struggle and unique illustrations. The firefly buzzes off in search of companionship, but keeps following other lights by mistake--a candle, a flashlight, a lantern--and these in turn are all leading in the direction of a fireworks display. Finally, the lonely firefly finds the friends it is seeking--a dozen or more other fireflies.
The Very Quiet Cricket
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Eric CarlePublisher:  PutnamPublication Year:  1997ISBN:  039-9226-842Description:  This popular series introduces children to the world of insects through simple tales of struggle and unique illustrations. A cricket is born who cannot talk! A bigger cricket welcomes him to the world, then a locust, a cicada, and many other insects, but each time the tiny cricket rubs his wings together in vain: no sound emerges. In the end, however, he meets another quiet cricket, and manages to find his "voice."
Twister
Grade Level:  K-2Author:  Darleen Bailey BeardIllustrator:  Nancy CarpenterPublisher:  Farrar, Straus, and GirouxPublication Year:  2003ISBN:  0-374-48014-1Description:  As a tornado forms, Mother hurries Lucille and Natt into the cellar before she goes to help a neighbor.
When Clay Sings
Grade Level:  1-2Author:  Byrd BaylorIllustrator:  Tom BahtiPublisher:  Simon and SchusterPublication Year:  1981ISBN:  0-689-71106-9Description:  A story of the ancient people represented by the prehistoric American clay pottery that can be found in the desert hills of the West.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears
Grade Level:  2-5Author:  Verna AardemaIllustrator:  Leo D. DillionPublisher:  PenguinPublication Year:  1978ISBN:  0-1405-4905-6Description:  This West African tale starts with the iguana listening to the mosquito's nonsense, and the story develops until the owl refuses to wake the Sun.
Websites
All websites are appropriate for students except for those marked as teacher-only.
10 Resources for National Engineers Week
URL:  blogs.kqed.orgDescription:  Links to interactive STEM and science websites with real-world applications of physics and engineering
Alien Assembly Required
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  Featuring the characters from the cartoon "Arthur", students engineer robots based on what they'd like it to do and look like.
BioKids: Inquiry of Diverse Species
URL:  www.biokids.umich.eduDescription:  This site includes information for both students and teachers concerning diverse species, especially in southeast Michigan. Check out the Critter Catalog for photos and information about a variety of organisms studied in FOSS modules and courses, including crayfish and cockroaches.
BugFacts
URL:  www.bugfacts.netDescription:  Bug Facts covers useful information about the most commonly found insects in North America, which include butterflies, beetles, ants, wasps, bees, mantids, and many others. Plus a few creatures that are commonly mistaken for insects, but actually non-insects. Topics range from to fun facts for each bug, to general insect development. There is also a checklist for children to use, much like one would find in a Bird Watcher’'s guide.
Bug Fun
URL:  www.uky.eduDescription:  Includes collecting and caring for insects, insect crafts and projects, games, and insect jokes. This site also contains a list of edible snacks like “ants on a log” and others that are not as well-known. Brought to you by the University of Kentucky.
BugGuide
URL:  bugguide.netDescription:  BugGuide is an online community of naturalists. The site contains photographs of bugs from the United States and Canada for identification and research. Users can submit photographs of bugs for ID requests.
Bug Identification
URL:  www.ex.ac.ukDescription:  Step-by-step key to identify insects.
Bugscope
URL:  bugscope.beckman.uiuc.eduDescription:  The Bugscope project is an exciting opportunity for classrooms to remotely operate a scanning electron microscope to view their chosen specimens! The microscope is remotely controlled in real time from your classroom computer over the Internet using a web browser. Check out their photo archive (under Goodies & Diversions) for some fascinating images of insect structures up close. The Bugscope project is an educational outreach program for K–12 classrooms.
BBC Bitsize
URL:  www.bbc.co.ukDescription:  Links to videos on various science topics
Cat in the Hat Knows about That
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  Games and videos with Cat in the Hat characters
Crickets in the Classroom
URL:  www.telusplanet.netDescription:  This page is about using common field and house crickets to teach skills of observation and measurement. The unit also includes basic information on cricket biology and introduces students to the scientific literature.
Cambodian Handicrafts Silk Cultivation
URL:  www.cambodia.orgDescription:  This site tells the story of silk production–from the mulberry harvest, to the spinning and weaving of thread. It is well illustrated with photographs.
Cyberchase
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  Games, Videos, and activities on science and engineering
ENature
URL:  www.audubon.orgDescription:  This site features complete field guides to animals and plants. The regional search feature allows you to find species in your region.
eGFI Dream Up the Future
URL:  teachers.egfi-k12.orgDescription:  Teacher site for links to student engineering projects and teacher professional development,
Engineering Games
URL:  engineering-games.netDescription:  This site provides links to a variety of engineering games, culled from different sites.
Enter a Hive
URL:  www.pbs.orgDescription:  A website from PBS that includes a simulation of beehive activity.
Exploratorium: Engineering and Tinkering
URL:  www.exploratorium.eduDescription:  View engineering and tinkering websites, projects, and videos on the Exploratorium website.
Fun Science Demos
URL:  www.youtube.comDescription:  Over 150 science demos for every important idea in science
How Silk is Made
URL:  www.youtube.comDescription:  A video on silk production, more on the technical side.
How Silkworms Make Silk
URL:  www.youtube.comDescription:  A video on silk production, or sericulture.
If Spiders and Worms Can Do It, Why Can't We?
URL:  www.nsf.govDescription:  Future research could spin up new medical and materials breakthroughs based on silk, but scientists say obstacles remain in the quest to replicate natural silk production. Includes a video of "how spiders and silkworms work their magic."
Journey North: A Global Study Of Wildlife Migration
URL:  www.learner.orgDescription:  Students across North America gathered migration data and posted results. This can be an opportunity for students to get involved and post their own data.
Monarch Watch
URL:  www.MonarchWatch.orgDescription:  This site describes the University of Kansas Entomology Program to tag and monitor the migration of monarch butterflies.
Next CC
URL:  www.next.ccDescription:  NEXT.cc offers activities across nine scales —nano, pattern, object, space, architecture, neighborhood, urban, region, and world— to introduce design and its importance.
Learning Games for Kids
URL:  www.learninggamesforkids.comDescription:  Games on a variety of topics
LearningScience.org
URL:  new.learningscience.orgDescription:  This site currates the best online science simulations, visualizations, websites, and videos from around the world. Made for K–12 teachers and students, all resources are NGSS-aligned and free.
Raising Butterflies Online
URL:  www.livemonarch.comDescription:  Encourage families to complete this 30-day program, which teaches children about the life cycle of a monarch butterfly in a brand new way. Kids simply complete the online form and then wait to receive an e-mail update every few days. A link in each personalized e-mail enables the student to watch the entire process unfold.
Science Kids Engineering for Kids
URL:  www.sciencekids.co.nzDescription:  Discover the world of engineering with a range of free games, science fair projects, experiments, interesting facts, videos, quizzes, worksheets and more.
Sesame Street: STEM
URL:  sesamestreet.orgDescription:  Games and videos using Sesame Street characters on STEM topics
The Life Cycle of a Silkworm
URL:  www.suekayton.comDescription:  This series contains photos of the lifecycle of the silkworm. The photos are courtesy of Manyee Desandies, a third grade teacher at Alvarado Elementary School, in Union City, California.
PBS Kids Sci Girls
URL:  pbskids.orgDescription:  Website designed to especially engage girls in science.
PBS Learning Media
URL:  pbslearningmedia.orgDescription:  PBS Learning Media Library offers a variety of resources for science and engineering subjects.
Peep and the Big Wide World
URL:  peepandthebigwideworld.comDescription:  Games and videos on a variety of science concepts for younger children.
PhET Interactive Simulations
URL:  phet.colorado.eduDescription:  Simulations developed by Univeristy of Colorado, Boulder for all grade levels and genres
Teachers Try Science – Kid Page
URL:  www.teacherstryscience.orgDescription:  Links to various hands-on experiments for students
Try Engineering
URL:  tryengineering.orgDescription:  Resources for learning more about engineering
USDA's Insect Site for Kids
URL:  www.ars.usda.govDescription:  Among the USDA's many offerings, you can find out why bugs are so important in so many ways.
Wonderopolis
URL:  wonderopolis.orgDescription:  Explore the world of wonders. Each day a question is posed and is explored in a variety of ways.
Regional Resources
The resources displayed below are local to your area and will help you extend the work students do during class either through field trips, outreach, or online research. Use the drop-down to select a more specific area and narrow the results.

Destinations to Visit in North America
Description:  Search by state to find a comprehensive list of potential field trip sites. The list is sorted in alphabetical order by city.URL:  darwiniana.orgRegion:  USA
Destinations to Visit in North America
Description:  Search by state to find a comprehensive list of potential field trip sites. The list is sorted in alphabetical order by city.URL:  darwiniana.orgRegion:  USA
International Outdoor Classroom Day
Description:  Join the International Outdoor Classroom day by taking students outside for science. Find numerous resources to support this outdoor experience and be part of the movement to connect children to the natural world.URL:  outdoorclassroomday.comRegion:  USA
International Outdoor Classroom Day
Description:  Join the International Outdoor Classroom day by taking students outside for science. Find numerous resources to support this outdoor experience and be part of the movement to connect children to the natural world.URL:  outdoorclassroomday.comRegion:  USA
Museums USA
Description:  Search for museums and nature centers by type and state.URL:  www.museumsusa.orgRegion:  USA
Museums USA
Description:  Search for museums and nature centers by type and state.URL:  www.museumsusa.orgRegion:  USA
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