FOSS K-6 Second Edition


Air and Weather

Air and Weather

Investigations provide opportunities for young students to explore the natural world by using simple tools to observe and monitor change

Animals Two by Two

Animals Two by Two

Students develop a growing curiosity and interest in the living world around them as they observe and describe the structure and behavior of an organism, and then compare it to one that's similar.

Balance and Motion

Balance and Motion

Students put the world into motion in this module, balancing cardboard shapes and pencils, investigating motion with tops, zoomers, and whirlers, and studying wheel-and-axel systems and rolling cups.

Earth Materials

Earth Materials

Investigations encourage students to observe and identify the characteristics of rocks and minerals.

Environments

Environments

Barley, bugs, beetles, and brine shrimp - these are just a few of the living organisms that students work with in this module.

Fabric

Fabric

Invite students to explore fabrics as common materials in their everyday environment.

Food and Nutrition

Food and Nutrition

Students become informed consumers as they investigate what food is, what it is made of, and how several groups contribute to their overall nutrition.

Human Body

Human Body

Engage students in thoughtful activities about the form and function of a most remarkable machine, their own bodies.

Ideas and Inventions

Ideas and Inventions

Here's a great idea for encouraging the inventiveness of students: ask them to observe things that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Insects

Insects

Students observe and compare the structures and behaviors of insects as they come to know first hand the life sequences of a number of insects.

Insects and Plants

Insects and Plants

Students develop a curiosity and interest in insects and flowering plants and an appreciation for them as living things.

Landforms

Landforms

Students use stream tables to gain experience with models, maps, and the concepts of erosion and deposition.

Levers and Pulleys

Levers and Pulleys

Understanding simple machines, and what they reveal about the relationships between effort and the work produced, is essential to understanding complex machines.

Living Systems

Living Systems

Students use investigations, readings, and videos to study the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and excretory systems in humans and the vascular system in plants.

Magnetism and Electricity

Magnetism and Electricity

Watch the light bulb of discovery click on when young scientists study the concepts of magnetism and electricity.

Matter and Energy

Matter and Energy

Students experience a variety of forms of matter and energy.

Measurement

Measurement

Awaken students to the importance of measurement - determining how far, how long, how high, how much, how heavy and how hot.

Mixtures and Solutions

Mixtures and Solutions

Students learn fundamental ideas of chemistry: mixture, solution, concentration, saturation, and reaction.

Models and Designs

Models and Designs

Engage students in design and construction with four investigations that provide experiences with the concept of a scientific model.

New Plants

New Plants

Students care for plants to learn what they need to grow and develop. They observe structures of flowering plants and discover ways that new plants can develop from mature plants.

Pebbles, Sand, and Silt

Pebbles, Sand, and Silt

Students explore places where earth materials are found and ways in which they are used in people's daily lives.

Physics of Sound

Physics of Sound

Invite students to discriminate between sounds generated by dropped objects, how sounds can be made louder or softer and higher and lower.

Plants and Animals

Plants and Animals

Investigations give young students the opportunity to provide for the needs of both plants and animals living together in a classroom habitat.

Solar Energy

Solar Energy

Students experience solar energy firsthand and investigate the variables that affect energy transfer.

Solids and Liquids

Solids and Liquids

Invite students to investigate, observe, and describe the properties of solids and liquids. Students sort materials according to properties, combine and separate solids of different particle sizes, and observe what happens when solids and liquids are mixed.

Structures of Life

Structures of Life

As they grow seeds in a hydroponic garden and observe crayfish and snails, students learn to identify structures of plants and animals and to sort and group organisms on the basis of observable structures and behaviors.

Sun, Moon, and Stars

Sun, Moon, and Stars

The Sun, Moon, and Stars Module consists of three sequential investigations, each designed to introduce students to objects we see in the sky.

Trees

Trees

Using real and representational materials, students adopt schoolyard trees, observe tree parts, investigate leaves, and keep scrapbooks through the seasons.

Variables

Variables

Students use controlled experimentation to discover relationships that help them see cause and effect.

Water

Water

Students investigate the most important substance on Earth, water!

Water Planet

Water Planet

Student investigations start with Earth in the solar system, and then focus on the dynamics of weather and water cycling in Earth¿s atmosphere.

Wood and Paper

Wood and Paper

Early childhood students discover the modern world is a wonderland of different materials as they explore the properties of wood and paper.