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Bryan Osborn Nature Center (BONA) Kinder Animals 2 x 2 Field Trip

FOSS Animals Two by Two Module Summary

The Animals Two by Two Module provides students with close and personal interaction with some common land and water animals.  The animals and their survival needs are engaging anchor phenomena.  Students study the phenomena by observing and describing the structures of fish, birds, snails, earthworms, and isopods.  Appropriate classroom habitats are established for some organisms and students find out what the animals need to live and grow.  In four investigations, animals are studied in pairs.  Students observe and care for one animal over time, and then they are introduced to another animal similar to the first but with differences in structure and behavior.

The guiding questions for the module are how are animal structures similar and different?  What do animals need to live and grow?  The first hand experiences are enriched with close -up photos of animals, some related to animals that students have observed in class and some to animals that are new.  This process enhances observation, communication and comparison.  Throughout the Animals Two by Two Module, students engage in science and engineering practices by asking questions, participating in collaborative investigations, observing, recording, and interpreting data to build explanations.  Students gain experiences that will contribute to an understanding of the crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; systems and system models; ans structure and function.


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.  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 investigations correlated with the following lessons are:

  1. Goldfish and Guppies

  2. Land and Water Sand

  3. Big and Little Worms

  4. Pill Bugs and Sow Bugs

This field experience will have students collect and observe specimens of a variety of species from similar taxa to compare and contrast adaptations and survival needs.  Students will also explore the BONA for examples of how organisms modify their environment to suit their needs.