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 UnitsTrees – Life Science
Wood and Paper – Physical Science
Animals Two by Two – Life Science
New Plants – Life Science
Solids and Liquids – Physical Science
Air and Weather – Earth & Space Science
Pebbles, Sand and Silt - Earth & Space Science
Insects – Life Science
Balance and Motion – Physical Science
Structure of Life – Life Science
Water - Earth & Space Science
Physics of Sound – Physical Science
Human Body – Life Science
Magnetism and Electricity – Physical Science
Earth Materials - Earth & Space Science
Environments – Life Science
Mixtures and Solutions – Physical Science
Models and Designs – Scientific Reasoning & Technology
Family Life Unit*
*Denotes District 65 Developed Units