is a research-based science curriculum for grades K–8 developed at the
Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. FOSS is
also an ongoing research project dedicated to improving the learning and
teaching of science. The FOSS project began over 20 years ago during a
time of growing concern that our nation was not providing young students
with an adequate science education. The FOSS program materials are
designed to meet the challenge of providing meaningful science education
for all students in diverse American
classrooms and to prepare them for life in the 21st century.
Development of the FOSS program was, and continues to be, guided by
advances in the understanding of how youngsters think and learn.
is an active enterprise, made active by our human capacity to think.
Scientific knowledge advances when scientists observe objects and
events, think about how they relate to what is known, test their ideas
in logical ways, and generate explanations that integrate the new
information into the established order. Thus the scientific enterprise
is both what we know (content) and how we come to know it (process). The
best way for students to appreciate the scientific enterprise, learn
important scientific concepts, and develop the ability to think
critically is to actively construct ideas through their own inquiries,
investigations, and analyses. The FOSS program was created to engage
students in these processes as they explore the natural world.
FOSS GRADES 3–4 MODULES
Magnetism and Electricity
Ideas and Inventions
Structures of Life
Physics of Sound
FOSS GRADES 1–2 MODULES
Solids and Liquids
Air and Weather
Balance and Motion
Pebbles, Sand, and Silt