FOSS - Environments

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Grade: 4
Type: Life Science
All living things depend on the conditions in their environment. The study of the relationships between one organism and its environment builds knowledge of all organisms. With this knowledge comes an awareness of limits. Changes in an environment can be hard on organisms. Such knowledge is important because humans can change environments. To do so withouit awareness of possible consequences can lead to disasters. This kit has 6 units:
1) Terrestial Environments
2) Bugs and Beetles
3) Water Tolerance
4) Aquatic Environments
5) Brine Shrimp Hatching
6) Salt of the Earth

FOSS expects students to.....
• Develop an attitude of respect and understanding for life.
• Gain experience with the major environmental factors in terrestial and aquatic systems.
• Conduct controlled experiements with plants to determine ranges of tolerance.
• Determine an organism's optimum conditions and environmental preferences.
• Organize and analyze data from experiments and investigations with plants and animals.
• Observe and describe changes in complex systems over time.
• Relate laboratory studies to natural systems.
• Apply mathematics in the context of science.
• Exercise language, math, and social studies skills in the context of biology investigations.
• Use scientific thinking processes to conduct investigations and build explanations: observing, communicating, comparing, organizing, and relating.


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Richard D. Winter Jr. Matching Gift || A generous gift from the Edgar Hardy Family || The San Diego Foundation's Reuben H. Fleet Discretionary Fund & Colonel Frank C. Wood Memorial Fund || Todd and Mari Gutschow Family Foundation || Anne Prause Blue || Proxima || Marilyn and Martin Colby