FOSS Third Edition


Active Learning for Life, Earth, and Physical Science

FOSS Third Edition is an inquiry-based hands-on program that engages students in the study of the concepts and practices of science. The FOSS developers at the Lawrence Hall of Science, have spent more than 20 years working in classrooms with teachers, synthesizing data from research, and testing prototypes. The activities work. The strategies work. And most importantly, the decades of working in classrooms has yielded support strategies to guide every teacher to be successful in every situation.

FOSS Third Edition shares the vision and guiding principles of A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas.

"These principals include young children's capacity to learn science, a focus on core ideas, the development of true understanding over time, the consideration both og knowledge and practice, the linkage of science education to students' interest and experiences, and the promotion of equity"
Framework, page 24

FOSS Third Edition:

  • Engages students and teachers with meaningful experiences to develop enduring understandings of science and engineering concepts
  • Provides students with opportunities to engage in scientific and engineering practices to meet the expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Integrates reading and literacy strategies to support the Common Core ELA for all students
  • Utilizes technology to deliver learning experiences and give teachers options for classroom instruction and assessment

Recommended K-6 Scope and Sequence

The FOSS Third Edition bridges research and practice by providing tools and strategies to engage students and teachers in enduring experiences that lead to deeper understanding of the natural and designed world.

Grade Physical Science Earth Science Life Science
4-6 Mixtures and Solutions
Motion, Force, and Models
Energy and Electromagnetism
Weather on Earth
Sun, Moon, and Planets
Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
Living Systems
Environments
3 Measuring Matter Water Structures of Life
1-2 Balance and Motion
Solids and Liquids
Air and Weather
Pebbles, Sand and Silt
Insects and Plants
Plants and Animals
K Materials in Our World Trees and Weather Animals Two by Two