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Cathy Klinesteker | September 03, 2010 | FOSS in Schools

Seven great science teachers in the Coachella Unified School District developed and delivered a plan to bring family science nights to their schools. They sold food, invited a magician to close the evening program, and opened their classrooms to hundreds of families who built electric circuits, explored the properties of oobleck, built ramps for rolling marbles, engineered amazing structures made of wildly whimsical solid objects, experimented with mixtures and solutions to their hearts' content, and engaged in many more wonderful science activities. Excitement, joy, and sharing across generations was the order of the evening!

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Karen Mendelow Nelson | September 01, 2010 | FOSS Partnerships

Due to an invigorating new collaboration, the 2009–2010 school year was a productive year for implementing FOSS in nine Chicago Public School District elementary schools.

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Guest Contributors | March 16, 2010 | FOSS in Schools

Walking into room 20, there is no question that science is happening here and not just sometimes, but ALL the time.

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Kimi Hosoume | March 16, 2010 | Life Science

It's spring! For many FOSS students and teachers K through 8, it's time for life science and the excitement of having living, growing, crawling creatures in the classroom. It's also time to plan in advance for the care of the organisms so the learning experience is enjoyable, safe, and a successful one for all.

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Karen Mendelow Nelson | March 15, 2010 | Life Science

In November 2009, FOSS and the Oregon State Sea Grant Extension invasive species project hosted a focus group of teachers at the Lawrence Hall of Science to discuss environmental issues related to invasive species.

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | March 04, 2010 | Science News

The life zone, or habitable zone, of a star is the region around a star where there may be planets that could have liquid water and support life. The distance of that zone from the star depends on how big and hot the star is.

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Tara Edmond | March 01, 2010 | FOSS in Schools

Good teaching and learning are fostered through reflection. In Tacoma Public Schools, when reflecting upon the effectiveness of our summer school program, the data showed us a lack of attendance and poor results. In recent years, the summer school program had focused on math due to low math achievement on the state test. The questions became, "How can children be motivated to use math in context? How can the neediest students be served without making them feel like they are missing out on summer fun? Could hands-on science provide the lens for effective math instruction?"

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Cathy Klinesteker | September 21, 2009 | FOSS in Schools

In the Whittier City School District just east of Los Angeles, Science Night filled the house! FOSS science engaged parents and children together in great science from four of the FOSS California modules. At Daniel Phelan School, over 250 students, parents, and other family members spent an action-filled night in celebration of hands-on science.

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Cathy Klinesteker | September 18, 2009 | FOSS in Schools

Sometimes something happens in education that is so right for children that you can't help smiling right from your heart when you watch it unfold.

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Larry Malone | September 14, 2009 | Observations by Larry

Lately the water-cooler conversation around the staff offices at LHS has focused on...focus questions. What is a focus question? And what makes a question a good focus question?

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