FOSS works for California
What is FOSS?
FOSS gives students the opportunity to think and act like scientists and engineers. UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science developed FOSS® for Indiana to present science the way students learn it, as they experience phenomena firsthand through active investigation. It’s why FOSS is proven to measurably improve test scores in districts across the country. Why FOSS?
Local districts already using FOSS:
Here are some of the schools and districts statewide that are using FOSS. To find out more, talk to your local FOSS representative.
California Pre-K-8 Scope and Sequence
The FOSS curriculum is designed as a laddered series of experiences that cumulatively develop not just knowledge, but scientific thinking across all three NGSS dimensions.
While we suggest this middle school scope and sequence, each 4–14 week course can be used as primary or supplemental science education and taught at any grade in the 6–8 range.
|Grade||Integrated Middle Grades|
|Grade 8||Heredity & Adaptation*
PS, ES, E
|Gravity & Kinetic Energy*
|Grade 7||Chemical Interactions
PS, ES, E
PS, ES, LS
|Populations & Ecosystems
ES, LS, E
|Grade 6||Weather & Water
PS, ES, E
|Diversity of Life
|Human Systems Interactions*
PS: Physical Science content, ES: Earth Science content, LS: Life Science content, E: Engineering content
|Grade||Physical Science||Earth Science||Life Science|
|Grade 5||Mixtures & Solutions||Earth & Sun||Living Systems|
|Grade 4||Energy||Soils, Rocks, and Landforms||Environments|
|Grade 3||Motion & Matter||Water & Climate||Structures of Life|
|Grade 2||Solids & Liquids||Pebbles, Sand & Silt||Insects & Plants|
|Grade 1||Sound & Light||Air & Weather||Plants & Animals|
|Grade K||Materials & Motion||Trees & Weather||Animals Two by Two|
|Grade Pre-K||Full-year Observing Nature|
Classroom proven like no other science program.
FOSS has amassed a legacy of results spanning all 50 states and reflecting the combined experience of 100,000 teachers. If you’re looking for a science curriculum proven to work for students of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities, your search begins and ends with FOSS.
Lifts up major metro districts
In LA, FOSS delivered massive test score improvement and then sustained it.
Boosts scores in diverse districts
When FOSS was adopted in a district scoring 17 points below standard, it completely closed the test-score gap in just 3 years
Elevates already high-performing districts
This district's test scores were already satisfactory. But after implementing FOSS, thosescores jumped up and stayed up.
Wins in head-to-head competition
In a pilot with 63 teachers in 15 schools, FOSS was the overwhelming winner on multiple criteria over a leading "designed for NGSS" competitor.
Succeeds in challenging districts
The Oakland school district faced multiple obstacles to learning. But once it adopted FOSS, its students' test scores rose against the tide.
Only FOSS offers you all this.
America's most awarded, most adopted science program
Three decades of continuous refinement by 100,000 teachers
Professional development & support unmatched by any competitor