Erica Beck Spencer | October 24, 2018 | FOSS in Schools

The FOSS staff would like to recognize Delara Sharma, an educator from the Santa Fe New Mexico Public Schools (SFPS), for winning the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in the K-6 science category.

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Guest Contributors | March 03, 2017 | FOSS in Schools

Across the country, events such as science fairs attempt to deepen students' knowledge and investment in science education. Research has demonstrated that science fairs can increase students' desire to go into the STEM fields, but that the time-consuming process is not equitable for all students and does not reflect the work of scientists.

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Guest Contributors | September 22, 2016 | FOSS in Schools

What if I told you that that science did not have to be taught as an isolated subject? That you could integrate science as part of your English language arts (ELA) time? Or as part of your mathematics block? That is exactly how I use my FOSS Weather on Earth Module in my fourth-grade classroom.

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Natalie Yakushiji | September 21, 2016 | FOSS in Schools

Bell Gardens Elementary School, one of 17 elementary schools in the Montebello USD in Southern California, has recently been honored as a recipient of the California Gold Ribbon School Award.

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Erica Beck Spencer | September 21, 2016 | FOSS in Schools

Three years ago, Portland, Maine, wanted to beat the summer achievement loss by engaging children in something they knew the students would love—science!

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Joanna Totino | February 24, 2016 | FOSS in Schools

We've been hearing more and more about FOSS being used in summer schools around the country. In this issue we highlight two programs in California taking different approaches to bringing active learning to summer school students.

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Jennifer Slavick | February 23, 2016 | FOSS in Schools

Recently I walked into Ryan Kollar's sixth-grade science class and noticed something strange. It wasn't the fact that the kids were basically operating the class through concentrated student-led group discussion. It wasn't the weird diagrams drawn on the board. Nope, it wasn't even the cockroaches perched on the walls of the aquarium in his classroom. The strange thing I saw was Kollar smiling.

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Gwendolyn Perea Warniment | September 17, 2015 | FOSS in Schools

What does science look like? What does it sound like or feel like? How do we know we are participating in this endeavor we casually call science?

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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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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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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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Guest Contributors | September 14, 2009 | FOSS in Schools

Eighth-grade students in the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) are experiencing hands-on inquiry science through the use of FOSS kits, which supplement the approved text-based science curriculum.

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | March 14, 2008 | FOSS in Schools

Brad Edwards, a teacher at Rahway Middle School in Rahway, New Jersey, usually spends time during his summer working in his classroom, preparing for the next academic year. But during the summer of 2006, he was asked to stay away from the school during "asbestos removal." When he returned to Room 21 a week before classes began in September, he didn't recognize the classroom he had left in June.

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Guest Contributors | March 03, 2008 | FOSS in Schools

As part of the FOSS Population and Ecosystems Course, students view a video about the work of Jane Goodall, Among the Wild Chimpanzees.

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Sue Jagoda | September 05, 2007 | FOSS in Schools

During the Earth History workshop at Grand Canyon in the summer of 2006, six of the participants represented schools in Stark County, Ohio.

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | September 04, 2007 | FOSS in Schools

Did you know that Arizona is the only state in which it is illegal to transport live crayfish of any kind? That tidbit of information becomes pretty important if you're a teacher in Scottsdale, Arizona, who is using the FOSS Structures of Life Module.

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Guest Contributors | September 08, 2006 | FOSS in Schools

As an instructor of elementary science teaching methods, I have 12 weeks to guide my students from that dark place known as "science phobia" to that brighter place where they are prepared to teach science to elementary children. Although this is not a small task, it is one that I relish each and every semester.

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Brian Campbell | September 05, 2006 | FOSS in Schools

Finding time to teach science is a common concern for all of us in science education. Science time was a major issue that the teachers and administration at Jay Jeffers Elementary School tackled during the planning year leading up to the opening day in August 2005.

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Guest Contributors | March 15, 2006 | FOSS in Schools

We received the following letter from Mary Humphrey, describing the art-related extensions she uses with her second-graders when she teaches the FOSS Insects Module.

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Guest Contributors | March 15, 2006 | FOSS in Schools

It all started innocently enough. Mrs. H had ordered crayfish for the FOSS Structures of Life Module she was planning for her third-grade class. I was going to use them after her. I had already extended my Structures of Life Module to include raising silkworms and hatching chicks, as well as growing beans hydroponically. But I had not used crayfish before. When Mrs. H was through, I inherited her crayfish.

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Guest Contributors | March 01, 2006 | FOSS in Schools

One by one reports emerge that underscore our nation’s failure to find or invent ways to close the achievement gap in mathematics, science, and technology (NSF,2004). This gap between the achievement of historically underrepresented populations and other groups must be closed aggressively, comprehensively, realistically, and affordably.

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Guest Contributors | September 20, 2005 | FOSS in Schools

On October 1–2, 2004, elementary education science methods faculty and science content faculty from Pennsylvania met at Lock Haven University's Sieg Conference Center to explore ways to integrate exemplary elementary science materials into their college classes.

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Guest Contributors | September 16, 2005 | FOSS in Schools

Greece, the eighth largest school district in New York State, adopted FOSS in 2002 because it provided them with a science program that was matched to their standards and promoted instructional practices that were consistent with their district goals.

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | September 01, 2005 | FOSS in Schools

In Mr. Cho's seventh-grade science class at the James P. Timilty Middle School in Roxbury, Massachusetts, science does not end when class is over.

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | March 18, 2005 | FOSS in Schools

Field-based experiences are a meaningful part of any science curriculum. The FOSS Earth History Course lends itself toward local investigations.

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Suzanne Funk | March 02, 2005 | FOSS in Schools

As a part of the FOSS Human Body module, fourth-grade students at South Mountain Elementary School in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, recently dissected owl pellets.

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Tonya Meyers and Jennifer Gruber | March 01, 2005 | FOSS in Schools

Mrs. Gruber's and Mrs. Meyers's first-grade classes at Dillsburg Elementary have been getting "down and dirty" collecting soil samples for their FOSS Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Module investigations.

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Guest Contributors | September 01, 2004 | FOSS in Schools

Waikoloa Elementary School (WES) on the island of Hawai'i has spent the last two years developing an inquiry-based science, math, and technology program. This project was funded through a National Science Foundation Rural Systemic Initiatives grant to support the development of science education that is of relevance to rural students. The statewide project was called Hawaii Networked Learning Communities (HNLC).

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Guest Contributors | March 12, 2004 | FOSS in Schools

"I became aware of FOSS three years ago when I was still a teacher partner with TRSI and I taught K–1. TRSI loaned me the FOSS Balance and Motion Module (which is an awesome module!) and I was '!hooked!'"

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Judith Aguiar | March 03, 2004 | FOSS in Schools

In Fall River we know that students learn best when they are involved in real investigations and have a kit-based program.

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James A. Simione, et al | March 02, 2004 | FOSS in Schools

As the FOSS developers suggest, elementary students learn science best by doing science. The Pittsburgh Public Schools adopted this philosophy when they began their search for a successful approach to homework, based on the idea of doing science.

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Peter Rillero | March 01, 2004 | FOSS in Schools

On Fridays, the students in Mrs. Kim Cash's first-grade class are not excited because of the approaching weekend. They are excited because it is FOSS Friday.

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Guest Contributors | September 10, 2003 | FOSS in Schools

I have just completed my first year of being the "science mom" in my two older sons' classrooms at Riviera Elementary in Torrance, California. Last fall, when I was deciding how I should spend my volunteer time in the classroom, I came up with the idea of helping the teachers do science experiments.

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Guest Contributors | September 02, 2003 | FOSS in Schools

An earlier project at Northern Arizona University inspired Doris Tso to consider more translations of FOSS modules into the Navajo language. She was interested in providing a program to teachers and students in the Navajo Nation that was standards-based and employed cooperative learning.

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Guest Contributors | March 21, 2003 | FOSS in Schools

Many years ago, the Friends of Trees in Portland, Oregon, planted hundreds of trees, including several in the neighborhood of the Duniway Elementary School. Now Jan Barkhurst's kindergarteners acknowledge the gift of trees from the Friends of Trees each year with a published booklet describing the life of one of the trees throughout the seasons. The booklets are just one of several technologically enhanced facets Jan has integrated into the FOSS Trees Module as part of an Intel®Teach to the Future class project.

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Jamie Zwick and Catherine Strohecker | March 01, 2002 | FOSS in Schools

The 1st Lazear Elementary Autumnal Science Fair in Oakland, California, was an outstanding success! All classrooms and staff at all grade levels participated enthusiastically in scientific inquiry with exemplary presentations.

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Guest Contributors | September 12, 2000 | FOSS in Schools

As I reflect on the 1999-2000 school year and the turn of a century, the changes in my professional life feel as momentous. Teaching is and has been the main focus of my life. I had wanted to be a teacher ever since I can remember.

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Mary Frances Smitley | September 11, 2000 | FOSS in Schools

The classroom is decorated with brightly-colored bulletin boards. Student work is creatively displayed on the walls. Students' desks are aligned in small pods ready for group work. Yet, as you enter the classroom, you are distracted from its order. Groups of students on the floor draw your attention.

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Carol Fenley and Sue Simpson | September 05, 2000 | FOSS in Schools

Voices call for attention, fingers squash the fabric pointing to artists' squares, and little eyes attract a visitor to gaze at each unique area of the class quilt.

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Guest Contributors | March 09, 2000 | FOSS in Schools

As a FOSS consultant, I have had the opportunity to work with the Kenosha Unified School District on its recent science adoption. Their adoption included primarily FOSS units. The district managed a very smooth transition to its new hands-on science curriculum with careful planning and anticipation of challenges by the district's administrators and lead teachers.

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Elizabeth D. Holley | September 01, 1999 | FOSS in Schools

With the close of the Black Box investigation drawing near, a teacher-led discussion of black boxes in real life was held. The question, "If a real black box were found, how could someone determine what was in it?" was posed.

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Carol Keppel | March 03, 1999 | FOSS in Schools

The FOSS Food and Nutrition Module was an interesting exploration for our fifth graders at the Walter T. Bergen Middle School. The lessons on the six nutrients and investigations into fats, sugars, and acids helped them increase their knowledge of what they eat and improve their menu choices. I wanted to summarize this learning and give them some real food for thought.

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FOSS Newsletter Staff | March 02, 1999 | FOSS in Schools

Students in Kindergarten at Westwood Elementary School (Abbeville School District #60) in Abbeville, South Carolina had a great time making collages and a bulletin board while investigating the FOSS Fabric Module.

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Guest Contributors | September 16, 1998 | FOSS in Schools

The following letter came to FOSS trainer and consultant, Leigh Agler, from Teresa Auldridge, a fourth-grade teacher in Salem, Virginia.

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Guest Contributors | March 12, 1998 | FOSS in Schools

In 1996 the Full Option Science System (FOSS) was showcased and offered as one of the exemplary curricula for CESAME's (Center for the Enhancement of Science and Mathematics Education) Statewide Implementation Program in Massachusetts.

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Vincent Reis | September 04, 1996 | FOSS in Schools

I must admit, when I learned that I might have to deal with isopods, I was more than a little apprehensive. I never did like "bugs."

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