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    Full Option Science Systems
    What is FOSS?
    FOSS is a research-based science curriculum for grades K–8 developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. FOSS is also an ongoing research project dedicated to improving the learning and teaching of science. The FOSS project began over 20 years ago during a time of growing concern that our nation was not providing young students with an adequate science education. The FOSS program materials are designed to meet the challenge of providing meaningful science education for all students in diverse American classrooms and to prepare them for life in the 21st century. Development of the FOSS program was, and continues to be, guided by advances in the understanding of how youngsters think and learn.
    Science is an active enterprise, made active by our human capacity to think. Scientific knowledge advances when scientists observe objects and events, think about how they relate to what is known, test their ideas in logical ways, and generate explanations that integrate the new information into the established order. Thus the scientific enterprise is both what we know (content) and how we come to know it (process). The best way for students to appreciate the scientific enterprise, learn important scientific concepts, and develop the ability to think critically is to actively construct ideas through their own inquiries, investigations, and analyses. The FOSS program was created to engage students in these processes as they explore the natural world.
     

    WASD FOSS Modules for Grades 1-5

    FOSS GRADES 5–6 MODULES

    GRADE LEVEL

    LIFE
    SCIENCE

    PHYSICAL
    SCIENCE

    EARTH
    SCIENCE

    SCIENTIFIC REASONING
    AND
    TECHNOLOGY

    THINKING PROCESSES

    Grades
    5–6

    Food and Nutrition

    Levers and Pulleys

    Solar Energy

    Models and Designs

    Relating
    Organizing
    Comparing
    Communicating
    Observing

    Environments

    Mixtures and Solutions

    Landforms

    Variables

    FOSS GRADES 3–4 MODULES

    GRADE LEVEL

    LIFE
    SCIENCE

    PHYSICAL
    SCIENCE

    EARTH
    SCIENCE

    SCIENTIFIC REASONING
    AND
    TECHNOLOGY

    THINKING PROCESSES

    Grades
    3–4

    Human Body

    Magnetism and Electricity

    Water

    Ideas and Inventions

    Advanced organizing
    Comparing
    Communicating
    Observing

    Structures of Life

    Physics of Sound

    Earth Materials

    Measurement

    FOSS GRADES 1–2 MODULES

    GRADE LEVEL

    LIFE
    SCIENCE

    PHYSICAL
    SCIENCE

    EARTH
    SCIENCE

    THINKING PROCESSES

    Grades
    1–2

    New Plants

    Solids and Liquids

    Air and Weather

    Beginning
    organizing

    Comparing
    Communicating
    Observing

    Insects

    Balance and Motion

    Pebbles, Sand, and Silt

     

Last Modified on April 20, 2009