FOSS Middle School 2nd Edition Populations and Ecosystems Complete Kit, with 32 Seats Digital Access
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Bridging research and practice, Foss Second Edition Middle School Modules engage students and teachers in active investigations (including outdoor experiences and online simulations) that lead to deeper understanding of science and engineering concepts, as well as the natural and designed world. The Populations and Ecosystems Complete Kit for Grades 6 to 8 will help students learn that an ecosystem is the largest organizational unit of life on Earth, defined by a physical environment and the organisms that make their living there. The revised FOSS Populations and Ecosystems course draws from the original course's rich, active-learning investigations to help students learn that every organism has a role to play in its ecosystem, and has structures and behaviors that allow it to survive. This course provides the first steps of ecological understanding for students, with the hope that their future steps will be considered and measured, with the interests of all life being served. Instructionally, the course has been enhanced by the addition of embedded notebooking techniques, recommended homework assignments, and greater support for in-class readings and multimedia activities.
The module features 9 hands-on course investigation activities, which include: (1) Milkweed Bugs: students will explore reproductive biology and population dynamics; (2) Sorting Out Life: introduces students to ecology; (3) Mono Lake: students will investigate food webs; (4) Minihabitats: students will construct aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, then observe, describe, and monitor changes in biotic and abiotic factors; (5) Producers: students will investigate the effect of light on photosynthesis, and then, using wheat plants, will get to investigate producers in specific ecosystems, identify their roles, create models and measure the energy transferred from food; (6) Following the Energy: students will learn how energy provided by producers is used by all organisms and how food energy moves from one trophic level to another through feeding relationships; (7) Population Size: students will explore factors that impact population size; (8) Human Impact: students will explore the importance of biodiversity on the health of the ecosystem by investigating how humans have interacted with the ecosystem and put stresses on biodiversity; and (9) Ecoscenarios: students will use knowledge of populations and ecosystems to research and analyze specific ecosystems in the United States.
- Investigation Guide: this core instructional tool provides educators with the support to help students successfully facilitate the investigations
- Teacher Resources: this book guides teachers in how the elements of FOSS work and provide notebook and assessment masters
- Equipment Kit: specifically designed, durable equipment and materials in FOSS lead to successful investigations for 16 students
- FOSS Science Resources: a hardcover book that includes student readings that connect students' firsthand experiences to informational text
- FOSS Technology: access for both teachers and students to a one-stop online resource for eBooks, eInvestigations Guides, videos, virtual investigations and tutorials, interactive whiteboard activites, and much more
- Investigations Guide:
- Investigation 1: Milkweed Bugs
- Investigation 2: Sorting Out Life
- Investigation 3: Mono Lake
- Investigation 4: Minihabitats
- Investigation 5: Producers
- Investigation 6: Following the Energy
- Investigation 7: Population Size
- Investigation 8: Human Impact
- Investigation 9: Ecoscenarios
- Teacher Resources
- 16 Science Resource Books for Students
- Consumable Materials
- 32 Seats of Digital Access for 7 Years