• Full Option Science System Program (Elementary)

    Elementary Science uses the Full Option Science System (FOSS) Program. For more information about the FOSS units visit: www.fossweb.com

    FOSS is a research-based science curriculum for grades K-8 developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. FOSS is also an ongoing research project dedicated to improving the learning and teaching of science. The FOSS program materials are designed to meet the challenge of providing meaningful science education for all students in diverse classrooms and to prepare them for life in the 21st century.

    The FOSS Program has set out to achieve three important goals.

    1. Scientific Literacy
    FOSS provides all students with science experiences that are appropriate to students’ cognitive development and prior experiences. It provides a foundation for more advanced understanding of core science ideas organized in thoughtfully designed learning progressions in order to prepare students for life in an increasingly complex scientific and technological world. The target goals for FOSS are to help students know and use scientific explanations of the natural world and the designed world; to understand the nature and development of scientific knowledge and technological capabilities; and to participate productively in scientific and engineering practices.

    2. Instructional Efficiency
    FOSS provides all teachers with a complete, cohesive, flexible, easy-to-use science program that reflects current research on teaching and learning, including student discourse, argumentation, writing to learn, and reflective thinking, as well as teacher use of formative assessment to guide instruction. The FOSS Program uses effective instructional methodologies, including active learning, scientific practices, focus questions to guide inquiry, working in collaborative groups, multisensory strategies, integration of literacy, and making connections to students’ lives, including the outdoors.

    3. Systemic Reform
    The FOSS Program prepares students by helping them acquire the knowledge and thinking capacity appropriate for citizens of the world. The FOSS Program reflects the core ideas to be incorporated into the next-generation science standards. It meets with the approval of science and technology companies working in collaboration with school systems, and it has demonstrated its effectiveness with diverse student and teacher populations in major urban reform efforts. The use of science notebooks and formative-assessment strategies in FOSS redefines the role of science in a school—the way that teachers engage in science teaching with one another as professionals and with students as learners, and the way that students engage in science learning with the teacher and with one another.


    Kindergarten FOSS Units
    Trees – Life Science
    Wood and Paper – Physical Science
    Animals Two by Two – Life Science


    Grade 1
    New Plants – Life Science
    Solids and Liquids – Physical Science
    Air and Weather – Earth & Space Science


    Grade 2
    Pebbles, Sand and Silt - Earth & Space Science
    Insects – Life Science
    Balance and Motion – Physical Science
    Grade 3
    Structure of Life – Life Science
    Water - Earth & Space Science
    Physics of Sound – Physical Science


    Grade 4
    Human Body – Life Science
    Magnetism and Electricity – Physical Science
    Earth Materials - Earth & Space Science


    Grade 5
    Environments – Life Science
    Mixtures and Solutions – Physical Science
    Models and Designs – Scientific Reasoning & Technology
    Family Life Unit*
    *Denotes District 65 Developed Units