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Alphabetical index of organisms by name

ABCDE–F G–HI–KLM–OP–RST–VW–Z

Index of organisms by module

Introduction to Life in the Classroom

In several of the FOSS modules and courses, living organisms are brought into the classroom to be cared for and observed by K–8 students. Through the direct experience with organisms provided by these modules, we hope to engender in students a sense of respect for all life and to spark a desire to understand the complex systems that support life on Earth.

The FOSS program endorses the National Science Teachers Association Guidelines for Responsible Use of Animals in the Classroom as they apply to elementary and middle school classrooms.

The FOSS program provides detailed information on how to obtain organisms, how to prepare for their arrival, how to care for them in the classroom, and how to instruct students to properly handle each animal. The animals in the modules were selected because they are abundant, safe for students, easy to care for, and hardy and well-adapted to classroom environments. FOSS selected organisms that were nonexotic, commonly available from local and regional suppliers, and, in some cases, found in the natural environments in many regions of the country. When investigations are carried out as described in the FOSS teacher guide, the insects, worms, crustaceans, snails, and fish are not harmed in any way.

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Anacharis: see Elodea

Ants: Insects

Aquatic snails: Animals Two by Two, Environments, Populations and Ecosystems

 

B

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Bess beetles: Structures of Life

Brassica: New Plants

Brine shrimp: Environments, Diversity of Life

Bulbs: New Plants, Environments

 

C

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Chicken eggs: Animals Two by Two

Crayfish: Structures of Life

Crickets: Insects

 

D

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Daphnia: Environments, Populations and Ecosystems

Darkling beetle: see Tenebrio beetles

Duckweed: Environments, Populations and Ecosystems

 

E

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Earthworms: Animals Two by Two, Plants and Animals, Populations and Ecosystems

Elodea: Structures of Life, Environments, Populations and Ecosystems

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Gammarus: Environments, Populations and Ecosystems

Goldfish and guppies: Animals Two by Two, Environments, Populations and Ecosystems

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Isopods: Animals Two by Two, Environments, Plants and Animals, Populations and Ecosystems

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Land snails: Animals Two by Two, Structures of Life, Diversity of Life

M

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Madagascar hissing cockroaches: Diversity of Life 

Milkweed bugs: Insects, Insects and Plants, Populations and Ecosystems

 

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Painted lady butterflies: Insects, Insects and Plants

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Seeds: New Plants, Structures of Life, Environments, Populations and Ecosystems 

Silkworm moths: Insects, Insects and Plants

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Tenebrio beetles: Insects, Insects and Plants, Environments

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Waxworm moths: Insects


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