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1st Grade

Bryan Osborn Nature Area (BONA) Plants and Animals Field Trip

Audience:  1st Graders

FOSS Plants and Animals Summary

This FOSS module provides experiences that heighten students' awareness of the way that plants and animals meet their basic needs.  Students observe firsthand the structures of plants and discover ways to propagate new plants from mature plants (from seeds, bulbs, roots, and stem cuttings).  They observe and describe changes that occur as plants grow, and compare classroom plants to those in the schoolyard.  They design terrariums (habitat systems) and provide for the needs of both plants and animals living together in the classroom.  Students explore variation in the same kind of organism, including variation between young and adults.  They learn about the behaviors of parents to help their young (offspring) survive.  And they explore structure and function relationships as they sort different kinds of animal and plant structures.

BONA Outdoor Education Summary

The BONA is an engineered ecosystem consisting of a number of model biological communities and is equipped with data gathering systems such as temperature and dissolved oxygen probes in aquatic habitats, multiple weather stations and wildlife cameras.  Students are able to access information remotely or they can experience and explore, first hand, the complexity of life and how organisms possess observable structures and behaviors aimed at survival, and where they can investigate a great variety of life cycles, reproduction and how species interact with one another and their environment as well as the geological processes.  At the BONA, teachers and their students will apply and expand upon what they have learned in their classroom in a natural setting.  The following four lessons are outdoor based investigations and activities designed to be natural extensions of the FOSS based curriculum that students are doing in their classrooms.  The FOSS activities are:  

  1. Grass and Grain Seeds
  2. Stems
  3. Terrariums
  4. Growth and Change

This field trip will have students take a five senses walk through the BONA, observing and recording what they see, hear, smell, feel and taste.  In the grassland they will distinguish grasses from other flowering plants.  They will participate in ongoing maintenance by helping with plant propagation here at the BONA or the FARM.  Lastly, students will explore habitats to observe various animal species and how their behaviors and senses help them survive by meeting their life needs.