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The giant sequoia is the most massive living organism on earth. To stand in the company of such giants is to experience the scale of life. To a kindergartner the oak on the corner, the pines at the park, and the mulberry trees at school are giants. In the Trees module systematic investigations bring students to a better understanding of the place of trees at school and in the community, and provide some solid experiences on the way to understanding all plants.

FOSS expects students to:
  • Develop a growing curiosity and interest in the living things that make up their world. Observe and describe the properties of trees and leaves in the schoolyard.
  • Compare the similarities and differences of the trees and leaves observed on mini field trips.
  • Help plant and care for a tree temporarily in the classroom, then permanently in the schoolyard.
  • Observe the trees throughout the school year to observe the changes that come with the different seasons.
  • Compare the shapes of leaves to geometric shapes.
  • Compare the size and edges ofleaves using a reference card.
  • Use pictorial experiences to heighten their awareness of diversity and variety of trees and leaves.
  • Acquire the vocabulary associated with the properties and structures of trees and leaves.
  • Use drawings and oral language to describe observations.

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