Upgrade to FOSS Next Generation


Make the Switch!
Upgrade from FOSS Second Edition or FOSS Third Edition

The goal of all FOSS editions is to engage student in science through active learning. Whether you want to embrace the Next Generation Science Standards, or follow more closely the vision of the national science framework (2011), there's a FOSS edition to support your goals. All editions share the same research-based strategies and learning progressions that FOSS has refined for more than 25 years.

 
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Engage your students in the practices of science and engineering THIS school year!
Contact your Regional Sales Manager today to convert to FOSS Next Generation.

Comparing Editions

While the core philosophy and pedagogies behind FOSS programs have not changed over the years, we make continuous improvements to our teacher support materials, student resources, technology, and equipment kits in each new edition. See how your current edition stacks up to FOSS Next Generation!

The Essentials FOSS Next Generation FOSS Third Edition FOSS Second Edition
Alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Fully aligned to the NGSS and to the Framework for
K-12 Science Education
Aligned to the Framework for K-12 Science Education Not aligned to the NGSS or Framework
Core Components
  • Equipment Kit
  • Investigations Guide
  • Teacher Resources
  • FOSS Science Resources
  • FOSSweb
  • Equipment Kit
  • Investigations Guide
  • Teacher Resources
  • FOSS Science Resources
  • FOSSweb
  • Equipment Kit
  • Teachers Guide
  • FOSS Science Stories
  • FOSSweb
Number of Modules 18 20 32
Sequence Grade Specific, K-5 Grade Span, K-6 Grade Span, K-6
Class Uses of Materials Included 3 2 2
Technology FOSS Next Generation FOSS Third Edition FOSS Second Edition
eInvestigations Guide Tablet-ready, Interactive
Try It!
Tablet-ready Flipping Book Flash-based Flipping Book
Science Resources eBooks Tablet-ready, Interactive Tablet-ready Flipping Book Flash-based Flipping Book
FOSSweb Yes Yes Yes
Streaming Videos Yes Yes Not Available
Virtual Investigations and Tutorials 59 36 Not Available
Interactive Whiteboard Activities Grades 1-5 Grades 1-6 Grades 3-6
FOSSmap Online Assessment Grades 3-5 Grades 3-5 Not Available

Converting Your Modules

We offer economic conversion kits that bring your existing module materials and teacher and student resources up to date while helping to save your school or district money.

Conversion kits include:

  1. Any new investigation materials introduced in the FOSS Next Generation version of the module.
  2. Any additional quantities of investigation materials introduced in the FOSS Next Generation version of the module.
  3. A complete teacher's toolkit for the new module including:
    1. Spiral-bound Investigations Guide
    2. Softcover Teacher Resources
    3. Teacher copy of the FOSS Science Resources book
  4. 32 student copies of the FOSS Science Resources book
  5. Replacement drawer labels for each drawer of your existing FOSS module

Click below for details on individual conversion kits from both FOSS Second Edition and FOSS Third Edition.

Grade FOSS Next Generation Converts from
FOSS Third Edition
Converts from
FOSS Second Edition
5 Mixtures and Solutions Mixtures and Solutions Mixtures and Solutions
Earth and Sun Weather on Earth Water Planet
Living Systems Living Systems Living Systems
4 Energy Energy and Electromagnetism Magnetism and Electricity
Soils, Rocks, and Landforms Soils, Rocks, and Landforms Earth Materials
Environments Environments Environments
3 Motion and Matter No conversion available No conversion available
Water and Climate Water Water
Structures of Life Structures of Life Structures of Life
2 Solids and Liquids Solids and Liquids Solids and Liquids
Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
Insects and Plants Insects and Plants Insects and Plants
1 Sound and Light No conversion available No conversion available
Air and Weather Air and Weather Air and Weather
Plants and Animals Plants and Animals Plants and Animals
K Materials and Motion Materials in Our World Wood and Paper
Trees and Weather Trees and Weather Trees
Animals Two by Two Animals Two by Two Animals Two by Two