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FOSS Pathways Senses and Survival Collection


The Senses and Survival Module provides students with firsthand and media experiences with three kinds of general biological systems in animals and plants—sensory systems, skeletal and muscle systems, and transport systems. These systems allow animals to sense and respond to danger in their environment; to obtain food and water; to find mates; and to avoid predators. In addition, they let both plants and animals grow and develop.

Students’ engagement with these ideas is driven by three anchor phenomenon that drive them to investigate each system, first by focusing on the systems in humans and then comparing the structures in other organisms that perform similar functions. Students investigate these phenomenon:

  • Anchor phenomenon 1—Animals using their senses
  • Anchor phenomenon 2—A broken arm
  • Anchor phenomenon 3—A scraped knee bleeds
  • Anchor phenomenon 4—A wilted plant survives

    Students plan and carry out investigations with stimulus and response to gather data to develop models and construct explanations. Students design physical models to understand how structures in a system function together to provide information and resources to organisms to support survival. Students gain experiences that will contribute to the understanding of these crosscutting concepts: cause and effect; systems and system models; and structure and function.


FOSS Curriculum:

  • Allows students to be active investigators instead of passive learners
  • Is built around firsthand exploration of relevant phenomena using classroom-proven theories and practices to engage all students
  • Aligned to NGSS, Framework for K to 12 Science, and Common Core standards
  • Provides unmatched professional learning, including hands-on & virtual teacher workshops

Resources available in this collection include:

  • Comprehensive hands-on equipment kits made exclusively for FOSS
  • Investigations Guide (Teacher Edition Book) core instructional hardcover spiral-bound book provides educators with the support to successfully facilitate the investigations - available in print and digital
  • Teacher Resources with educative support to effectively teach standards - available in digital
  • FOSS Science Resources book (Student Edition Book) for students to build expository reading skills and highlight STEM careers - available in print and digital
  • Accessibility options to the interactive digital resources on the ThinkLink™ platform for effective planning and engaged learning
  • Spanish teaching and learning resources – available in print and digital
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