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FOSS Next Generation Middle School Is Here!

Jessica Penchos, FOSS Middle School Coordinator, Lawrence Hall of Science
September 20, 2016 | FOSS Program

Top image—Three Dimensions: Each investigation address es the three dimensions of NG SS. The Science and Engineering Practices (SEP), Discipline Core Ideas (DCI), and Cross Cutting Concepts (CCC) are color coded throughout each Investigation.

The FOSS Middle School team is ready to announce that the Next Generation Edition for FOSS grades 6–8 is available! If you are currently a FOSS Middle School Second Edition user, you will receive automatic access to a digital upgrade from Second Edition to FOSS Next Generation Middle School. Here’s how it works. FOSS Middle School Next Generation Features The FOSS Next Generation Middle School Investigations Guides include point-of-use references to the instruction relating to the three dimensions of the NGSS Performance Expectations.

FOSS Next Generation Middle School includes new format features, too. The Quick Start Guide simplifies the process of getting ready for the investigation. Forthcoming Teacher Prep Videos for each course will describe and elaborate the essential materials and conceptual challenges in each investigation. And downloadable, modifiable teaching slides are provided for each part of each investigation, giving you a jump-start in preparing for the lesson.

Sample content from an investigation

Three Dimensions: The three dimensions are referenced throughout the Investigations Guide. Perfo rmance ass ess ments in each investigation allow you to monitor your students’ progress along each dimension.

Do you use FOSS Middle School Second Edition? Then you get an automatic digital upgrade to FOSS Next Generation Middle School!

Sample content from an investigation

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FOSS Next Generation Middle School also does more to support literacy in the science classroom. Each in-class reading guide provides connections to Common Core ELA standards, including specific strategies to support your instruction.

Quick Start Guide and Teaching Slides

In-class reading guide: Investigations Guides include Reading Guides for FOSS Science Resources books. Each reading guide includes specific literacy strategies to scaffold students’ use of the text.

Science Resources books have a new look and an easy-to-use new design for FOSS Next Generation Middle School!

The conceptual flow helps you understand how concepts are develop ed throughout the investigation.
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All of this comes with the features you already expect from FOSS: carefully designed instructional sequences featuring hands-on experiences, opportunities for sensemaking in student notebooks, vocabulary development, and rich online resources including streaming video and simulations. And, the middle school courses are based on carefully developed learning progressions that represent the FOSS K–8 program.

Science Resources books have a new look and an easy-to-use new design for FOSS Next Generation Middle School!

Each investigation in FOSS Next Generation Middle School features a section called “Teaching and Learning about…” that provides developmentally appropriate context for the science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts that students will be exposed to and highlights why the investigation topic is important and relevant to their daily lives.

The investigation’s conceptual flow—the path that students follow to construct more complex understanding—is outlined with a visual diagram.

Adopting the New Edition

FOSS Next Generation Middle School includes 12 courses, six of which are brand new half-length courses. Each new course takes 5–6 weeks of instruction. Two new half-length courses require the time of a typical FOSS middle school course.

The remaining six FOSS Next Generation Middle School courses are updates to the existing Second Edition Courses. A note to our Second Edition users: there are no changes to course equipment, but the instructional procedures are slightly modified to better support three-dimensional instruction. You will receive free, automatic online access to the new Investigations Guide and Science Resources book when updated courses are released. You may choose to purchase updated hardcopy print materials at a discounted cost, or you may continue to use the Second Edition Science Resources books. For our First Edition users, you can purchase conversion kits to smoothly transition to the new program.

Course Availability for FOSS Middle School

Second Edition* titles are all available now:

  • Planetary Science
  • Earth History
  • Populations and Ecosystems
  • Chemical Interactions
  • Diversity of Life
  • Weather and Water

*Note: All Second Edition titles will also be available in Next Generation Edition.

Next Generation titles available for the 2016–17 school year:

  • Human Systems and Interactions
  • Heredity and Adaptation
  • Waves
  • Diversity of Life
  • Electromagnetic Force
  • Weather and Water

All remaining FOSS Next Generation Middle School titles will be available for the 2017–18 school year. If you would like to preview or pilot a forthcoming course, contact your Delta Education eSales Manager. We can’t wait for you to experience the newest edition of FOSS Middle School!

FOSS Middle School Next Generation National Scope and Sequence (Integrated or Disciplinary)
Grade Physical Science Earth Science Life Science
6-8
  • [Engineering Design]
    Waves*
  • [Engineering Design]
    Gravity and Kinetic Energy*
  • Planetary Science
  • Human Systems Interactions*
  • Heredity and Adaptation*
  • [Engineering Design]
    Chemical Interactions
  • Earth History
  • [Engineering Design]
    Populations and Ecosystems
  • [Engineering Design]
    Electromagnetic Force*
  • [Engineering Design]
    Variables and Design*
  • [Engineering Design]
    Weather and Water
  • Diversity of Life

*Half-length course

FOSS Middle School Next Generation
California Integrated Scope and Sequence
Grade Physical Science Earth Science Life Science
6
  • [Engineering Design] [Physical Science]
    Gravity and Kinetic Energy
  • [Engineering Design] [Physical Science]
    Waves*
  • [Engineering Design] [Physical Science] [Earth Science]
    Electromagnetic Force*
  • [Physical Science] [Earth Science]
    Planetary Science
  • [Earth Science] [Life Science]
    Heredity and Adaptation*
7
  • [Engineering Design] [Physical Science] [Earth Science]
    Chemical Interactions
  • [Physical Science] [Earth Science] [Life Science]
    Earth History
  • [Engineering Design] [Earth Science] [Life Science]
    Populations and Ecosystems
8
  • [Engineering Design] [Physical Science] [Earth Science]
    Weather and Water
  • [Life Science]
    Diversity of Life
  • [Life Science]
    Human Systems Interactions*

*Half-length course

  • [Physical Science] Physical Science
  • [Earth Science] Earth Science
  • [Life Science] Life Science
  • [Engineering Design]Engineering