FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – New Plants (2nd Ed.)


The New Plants Module provides experiences that heighten students' awareness of the diversity of life in the plant kingdom. Students care for plants to learn what they need to grow and develop. They observe the structures of flowering 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 organize their observations on a calendar and in a journal.


  • Develop a curiosity and interest in plants as living things.
  • Experience some of the diversity of forms in the plant kingdom.
  • Provide for the needs of growing plants.
  • Observe and describe the changes that occur as plants grow and develop.
  • Become familiar with the structures and functions of flowering plants (root, stem, leaf, bud, flower, seed).
  • Discover various ways that new plants can develop from mature plants.
  • Organize and communicate observations through drawing and writing.
  • Acquire the vocabulary associated with the structures of plants.

For a description of each investigation in the New Plants Module and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the Module Overview PDF.

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