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The Insects module provides experiences that heighten students’ awareness of the diversity of animal forms. They come to know firsthand the life sequences of a number of insects. In each investigation an insect is introduced, and students observe structures and behaviors, discuss their findings, and ask questions. Students observe life cycles of insects and compare the stages of metamorphosis exhibited by each species.

FOSS expects students to:
  • Develop a curiosity and interest in insects and a respect for them as living things.
  • Experience some of the great diversity of forms in the animal kingdom.
  • Become familiar with some of the life sequences that different types of insects exhibit (simple and complete metamorphosis).
  • Observe the similarities and differences in the larvae, pupae, and adults of insects that go through complete metamorphosis.
  • Observe the behaviors of insects at different stages of their life cycle.
  • Provide for the needs of insects (air, water, food, and space).
  • Acquire the vocabulary associated with insect life.