FOSS Modules

What is FOSS? The Full Option Science System (FOSS) is a carefully planned and coordinated science curriculum. Each FOSS module contains a teacher's guide with activity folios. There is also a teacher preparation video included in each module that explains each experiment in depth. The FOSS modules are divided by grade level and by scientific area and are designed to promote certain thought processes.

FOSS Goals

Scientific Literacy--to provide all students with science experiences that 1) are appropriate to their cognitive stages of development and 2) serve as a foundation for more advanced ideas that prepare them for life in an increasingly complex scientific and technological world.

Instructional Efficiency--to provide all teachers with a complete, flexible, easy-to-use science program that reflects current research on learning and the latest instructional methodologies.

 

Grade Level
Life Science
Physical Science
Earth Science
Scientific Reasoning and Technology

THINKING PROCESSES

Grades

5 and 6

Environments
Levers and Pulleys
Landforms
Models and Designs
Food and Nutrition
Mixtures and Solutions
Solar Energy
Variables
RELATING Organizing, Comparing, Communicating, Observing
Grade Level
Life Science
Physical Science
Earth Science
Scientific Reasoning and Technology

THINKING PROCESSES

Grades

3 and 4

Human Body
Magnetism and Electricity
Earth Materials
Ideas and Inventions
Structures of Life
Physics of Sound
Water
Measurement
ADVANCED ORGANIZING Comparing, Communicating, Observing
Grade Level
Life Science
Physical Science
Earth Science

THINKING PROCESSES

Grades

1 and 2

Insects
Balance and Motion
Air and Weather
New Plants
Solids and Liquids
Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
BEGINNING ORGANIZING Comparing, Communicating, Observing
Grade Level
Life Science
Physical Science

THINKING PROCESSES

K

Kindergarten
Animals Two by Two
Fabric
Wood
Trees
Paper
COMPARING Communicating, Observing




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