FOSS works for Minnesota

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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® Next Generation™ for Minnesota to honor the letter and spirit of NGSS. FOSS presents science the way students learn it, as they explore phenomena firsthand on a journey toward mastering the three dimensions of the Framework. It’s why FOSS is proven to measurably improve test scores in districts across the country. Why FOSS?


FOSS 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.

Grades 6–8

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 Chemical Interactions
Electromagnetic Force
Gravity & Kinetic Energy*
Grade 7 Diversity of Life
Human Systems Interactions*
Heredity & Adaptation*
Populations & Ecosystems
Grade 6 Weather & Water
Earth History
Planetary Science

PS: Physical Science content, ES: Earth Science content, LS: Life Science content, E: Engineering content

*Half-length courses

Grades Pre-K–5

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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.

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