Science Educational Resources

Grades kindergarten through five utilize Full Option Science System (FOSS) kits in their classrooms. FOSS 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.

Science 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. Below is chart which outlines the STMA grade level placement of FOSS kits.

Go to http://lhsfoss.org/fossweb/teachers/parents/extension.html to view the Home School Connection. This page allows parents to click on the Foss kit  to see Home/School Connection activities and Math Problems of the week. These documents are available as downloadable pdf files here.

Go to http://www.fossweb.com/searches/search.php, click on the desired kit, and then "find resources",  and a list of resources will be brought up. The resource list includes lists of fiction books,  nonfiction books, videos, and web site addresses. This is a great spot for extension ideas.

Online Resources for Parents

For more information, contact Shari Ledahl, District Curriculum Coordinator, @ 763-497-6536 or sharilynl@stma.k12.mn.us