Previous Updates

07/30/2020
  • Videos of the following webinars are posted on the Walk-Through Videos and PDFs page:
    • FOSS Next Generation and Integrated ELD, July 21
    • Designated ELD with FOSS Next Generation, July 23
    • Grades 6—8 Instruction with FOSS in SY 2020-2021, July 22
  • FOSS Phenomena Storylines added as front matter to the following PDF-based eInvestigation Guides:
    • Animals Two by Two
    • Solids and Liquids
    • Trees and Weather
  • Add Remote Learning Resources to the following modules:
    • Chemical Interactions (more videos)
    • Weather and Water (more videos)
    • Electromagnetic Force (Google Classroom notebook sheets)
07/09/2020
  • FOSS Phenomena Storylines added as front matter to the following PDF-based eInvestigation Guides:
    • Air and Weather
    • Living Systems
    • Structures of Life
  • Spanish version of Next Generation Structures of Life Alternative Investigation 3: Hissing Cockroach
06/25/2020
  • FOSS Phenomena Storylines added as front matter to the following PDF-based eInvestigation Guides:
    • Earth and Sun
    • Water and Climate
06/11/2020
  • FOSS Phenomena Storylines added as front matter to the following PDF-based eInvestigation Guides:
    • Energy
    • Plants and Animals
  • The interactive eBooks are now supported through the FOSS eBooks Android app on certain Chromebooks. You can find more information on the Interactive eBook App Information page in each module.
06/04/2020

FOSS Phenomena Storylines added as front matter to the following PDF-based eInvestigation Guides:

  • Materials and Motion
  • Mixtures and Solution
  • Motion and Matter
  • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
  • Sound and Light

05/28/2020
  • The Mr. Bones activity in Next Generation Structures of Life has been updated with new graphics and improved interactivity.
  • Virtual Aquarium and Virtual Terrarium activities have been updated to fix an error on some older Chromebooks.
  • Individual Spanish-version notebook sheets and teacher masters have been added to Next Generation K-5 modules with the exception of Environments module (coming soon).
  • A new engineering activity has been added to Next Generation Plants and Animals, Investigation 3, Part 1.
05/14/2020
  • Recommended books for Investigations 2-5 added to Pre-K module, Observing Nature
  • Next Generation Heredity and Adaptation multimedia, Cladogram, has been updated to eliminate new browser tabs from opening on a click.
04/30/2020
  • New Pre-K module: Observing Nature is now available.
  • New activities for Using the Science and Engineering Careers Database
  • Week 3 and Week 4 for Grade K modules
  • Week 3 for Grades 1 and 2 modules
  • Individual Spanish Teacher Masters and Notebook Sheets added to Next Generation Middle School courses. Spanish PDFs are located in the Resources by Investigation.
04/16/2020
  • Week 4 Home/School Connections for Grades 3-5 Next Generation and Third Edition Modules.
  • Week 1 Spanish added for the following Grades K-2 modules:
    • Animals Two by Two (Next Generation and Third Edition)
    • Materials and Motion (Next Generation)
    • Materials in our World (Third Edition)
    • Plants and Animals (Next Generation and Third Edition)
    • Air and Weather (Next Generation and Third Edition)
    • Insect and Plants (Next Generation and Third Edition)
    • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt (Next Generation and Third Edition)
  • Updated Home/School PDFs for Second Edition Middle School courses.
  • New Outside Everyday Challenge for Middle School PDF
  • New tutorial for Interactive Student eBooks. The tutorial is located on the FOSSweb Walkthrough Video page.
04/09/2020
  • Slideshows have been created to replace the following Image Galleries:
    • Insects and Plants and Populations and Ecosystems: Milkweed Bug Life Cycle
    • Insects and Plants: Brassica Plant Experiments
    • Insects and Plants: Marigold Images
    • Insects and Plants: Interesting Insects
  • Week 3 Home/School Connections for Grades 3-5 Next Generation and Third Edition Modules.
  • Week 2 Home/School Connections for Grades 1-2 Next Generation and Third Edition Modules.
  • Lo-tech Activities for the following modules:
    • Materials and Motion (Next Generation)
    • Materials in our World (Third Edition)
    • Plants and Animals (Next Generation and Third Edition)
    • Insects and Plants (Next Generation and Third Edition)
  • Spanish translations of middle school Home/School Connections for all Next Generation and Second Edition Middle School courses. (Earth History coming soon.)
  • New COVID-19 lesson plan for Next Generation Grades 5-8 courses and modules.
03/28/19
  1. Spanish Resources for the following Next Gen Middle School Resources:
    • Earth History Geoscenarios
    • Heredity and Adaptation Genetic Technology Resources
  2. A new Contact Us form
  3. For California users a new ELD Planning Tool. This resources is located with the Planning Guide and other state resources.
03/14/19
  1. New interactive eInvestigations Guides for the Next Generation © 2018/19 Grade K modules:
    • Animals Two by Two
    • Materials and Motion
    • Trees and Weather
    All Next Generation Grades K-5 modules now have Interactive eInvestigations Guides © 2018/19.
  2. Teaching slides now available for:
    • © 2018 Grade 4 Next Generation modules.
    Teaching slides © 2018 are available for Grades K, 4 and 5 Next Generation modules.
02/14/19
  1. (From 2/5/19) Student Access for Tutorials and Virtual Investigations has been changed. Teachers now must assign the tutorials and virtual investigations to individual students or classes before students can access them. Teachers can assign these activities through the "Assign content" functionality. For more help, view the "Assigning Content" on the Walk-Through Videos and PDFs page.
  2. New interactive eInvestigations Guides for the Next Generation © 2018/19 Grades 1-5 for the following modules:
    • Grade 1
      • Air and Weather
      • Plants and Animals
      • Sound and Light
    • Grade 2
      • Insects and Plants
      • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
      • Solids and Liquids
    • Grade 3
      • Motion and Matter
      • Structures of Life
      • Water and Climate
    • Grade 4
      • Energy
      • Environments
      • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
    • Grade 5
      • Earth and Sun
      • Mixtures and Solutions
      • Mixtures and Solutions
02/05/19
  1. New Spanish Word Wall cards for middle school courses. Spanish-version Word Wall cards are now available for Grs. K-8 modules. PDFs with module word wall words, sorted by investigation and part, are available under the "Materials and Kit Information" node on FOSSweb. These conceptual words will complement the existing equipment photo cards for the module.

    The Spanish versions of these documents are now available for the following modules:
    Grade 6
    • Human Systems Interactions
    Grade 7
    • Chemical Interactions
    • Earth History
    • Populations and Ecosystems
    Grade 8
    • Gravity and Kinetic Energy
    • Heredity and Adaptation
    • Planetary Science
    • Waves

    Both English and Spanish Word Wall cards are available for Grs. K-8.
  2. New Interactive Student Resources book in Spanish for the following K-5 NG courses:
    Grade 1
    • Air and Weather
    • Plants and Animals
    • Sound and Light

    Grade 2
    • Insects and Plants
    • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt

    Grade 3
    • Motion and Matter
    • Water and Climate

    Grade 4
    • Energy
    • Environments
    • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms

    Grade 5
    • Earth and Sun
    • Living Systems

  3. Teaching slides are now available as Powerpoint slides for all NG K-4 courses.
  4. Transcripts for Teacher Prep Videos for the all K-5 Courses.

  5. Transcripts are now available for all teacher prep videos in all NG middle school courses.
01/17/19
  1. New Spanish Word Wall cards for Grade 6 and 8 middle school courses. Spanish-version Word Wall cards are now available for Grs. K-6 modules. PDFs with module word wall words, sorted by investigation and part, are available under the "Materials and Kit Information" node on FOSSweb. These conceptual words will complement the existing equipment photo cards for the module.

    The Spanish versions of these documents are now available for the following modules:
    Grade 6
    • Diversity of Life
    • Weather and Water
    Grade 8
    • Electromagnetic Force

    English Word Wall cards are available for Grs. K-8.
  2. New Interactive Student Resources book in Spanish for the following Middle School NG courses:
    • Chemical Interactions
    • Earth History

  3. Interactive Student Resources books for all middle school NG courses available in the FOSS Science app in English and Spanish.
  4. Transcripts for Teacher Prep Videos for the following Middle School Courses:
    • Chemical Interactions
    • Earth History
    • Planetary Science
    • Populations and Ecosystems
01/03/19
  1. New Interactive Student Resources books for the following Middle School courses:
    English:
    • Earth History
    Spanish:
    • Diversity of Life
    • Heredity and Adaptation
    • Gravity and Kinetic Energy
    • Planetary Science
    • Populations and Ecosystems
01/10/19
  1. Teacher Prep Videos for Middle School courses for all investigations in all middle school courses. Teacher prep videos that are newly available for the following investigations:
    • Earth History: Investigations 7-9
    • Populations and Ecosystems: Investigations 6-8

  2. New Spanish Word Wall cards for Kindergarten modules. Spanish-version Word Wall cards are now available for Grs. K-5 modules. PDFs with module word wall words, sorted by investigation and part, are available under the "Materials and Kit Information" node on FOSSweb. These conceptual words will complement the existing equipment photo cards for the module.

    The Spanish versions of these documents are now available for the following modules:
    Grade K
    • Animals Two by Two
    • Materials and Motion
    • Trees and Weather

    English Word Wall cards are available for Grs. K-8.
  3. New Interactive Student Resources book in Spanish for the Middle School NG course, Weather and Water.
  4. New Spanish SRB Audio Book for Middle School NG course, Earth History.
12/20/18
  1. New Spanish Word Wall cards for Grade 1. Spanish-version Word Wall cards are now available for Grs. 1-5 modules. PDFs with module word wall words, sorted by investigation and part, are available under the "Materials and Kit Information" node on FOSSweb. These conceptual words will complement the existing equipment photo cards for the module.

    The Spanish versions of these documents are now available for the following modules:
    Grade 1
    • Sound and Light
    • Air and Weather
    • Plants and Animals

  2. New Interactive Student Resources books for the following Middle School courses:
    • Chemical Interactions
    • Diversity of Life
    • Heredity and Adaptation
    • Gravity and Kinetic Energy
    • Planetary Science
    • Populations and Ecosystems
    • Weather and Water

  3. New Teacher Prep Videos for Middle School courses Populations and Ecosystems and Planetary Science. Teacher prep videos that are now available for the following investigations:
    • Planetary Science: Investigations 1-4, 6, 8 and 9
    • Populations and Ecosystems: Investigations 1-5, and 9

  4. Transcripts for Teacher Prep Videos are now available for the following Middle School Courses:
    • Diversity of Life
    • Electromagnetic Force
    • Gravity and Kinetic Energy
    • Heredity and Adaptation
    • Human Systems Interactions
    • Waves
    • Weather and Water
12/13/18
  1. New Spanish Word Wall cards for Grades 2 and 5. Spanish-version Word Wall cards are now available for Grs. 2-5 modules. PDFs with module word wall words, sorted by investigation and part, are available under the "Materials and Kit Information" node on FOSSweb. These conceptual words will complement the existing equipment photo cards for the module.

    The Spanish versions of these documents are now available for the following modules:
    Grade 2
    • Solids and Liquids
    • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
    • Insects and Plants
    Grade 5
    • Mixtures and Solutions
    • Earth and Sun
    • Living Systems

  2. New interactive Student Resources Books (SRBs) App version for two middle school courses:

    The interactive Electromagnetic Force and Waves are available on the FOSS Science app. Go to your module detail page for more information on the FOSS Science eBook app.

    Go to your teacher page and scroll to any class with individual student accounts. You should now see an "Upload Students" option to the right of "Manage Students." A few considerations are listed on the upload page but a complete walkthrough is available in our Self-Registered Teacher User Guide.

11/29/18
  1. New Spanish Word Wall cards for Grades 3 and 4. PDFs with module word wall words, sorted by investigation and part, are now available under the "Materials and Kit Information" node on FOSSweb. These conceptual words will complement the existing equipment photo cards for the module. The Spanish versions of these documents are now available for the following modules:
    Grade 3
    • Motion and Matter
    • Water and Climate
    • Structures of Life
    Grade 4
    • Energy
    • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
    • Environments

  2. New interactive Student Resources Books (SRBs) for three middle school courses:
    • Electromagnetic Force
    • Human Systems Interactions
    • Waves

    The interactive Human Systems Interactions SRB on the FOSS Science app. Be on the lookout for Electromagnetic Force and Waves app versions coming soon! Go to your module detail page for more information on the FOSS Science eBook app.

  3. Sense-Making Posters Now Available for Download! Sense-making posters help establish norms for a culture of productive talk in the classroom that supports engagement in the science and engineering practices. More information available here.

  4. Updated multimedia for use on Safari and iPads:
    • Food Webs (in Environments)
    • Periodic Table (in Chemical Interactions and Mixtures and Solutions)
11/15/18
  • You asked and we listened! Self-registered teachers now have the ability to upload up to 150 students into a class using a simple CSV file. The template has four columns:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Email (not required to be a functional address, we recommend using all lowercase)
    • Password (must be 8 characters)
    Go to your teacher page and scroll to any class with individual student accounts. You should now see an "Upload Students" option to the right of "Manage Students." A few considerations are listed on the upload page but a complete walkthrough is available in our Self-Registered Teacher User Guide.

11/08/18
  • Self-registered teachers have new functionality available on the Manage Students page for each class:
    • Copy the data for your class roster
    • Print your roster
    • Export your roster as a PDF
    • Export your roster as a CSV (A great option to hand off to the next teacher at the end of the school year!)

  • New Word Wall cards for FOSS Middle School NG Grade 7 courses and Grade 8 Planetary Science. PDFs with module word wall words, sorted by investigation and part, are now available under the "Materials and Kit Information" node on FOSSweb. These conceptual words will complement the existing equipment photo cards for the module.

    All FOSS NG K-7 modules now have the Word Wall cards.

    Newly available in the following modules:
    Grade 7
    • Chemical Interactions
    • Earth History
    • Populations and Ecosystems
    Grade 8
    • Planetary Science

  • Updated multimedia for use on Safari and iPads:
    • Topographic Maps (in Soils, Rocks, and Landforms)
    • Energy Transfer (in Weather and Water)
    • Itty Bitty Thingy Locator (in Diversity of Life)

10/25/18
  • New Word Wall cards for FOSS NG Kindergarten modules, Middle School NG Grade 6 courses and Grade 8 Heredity and Adaptation. PDFs with module word wall words, sorted by investigation and part, are now available under the "Materials and Kit Information" node on FOSSweb. These conceptual words will complement the existing equipment photo cards for the module.

    All FOSS NG K-6 modules now have the Word Wall cards.

    Newly available in the following modules:
    Grade K
    • Materials and Motion
    • Trees and Weather
    • Animals Two by Two
    Grade 6
    • Weather and Water
    • Diversity of Life
    • Human Systems Interactions
    Grade 8
    • Heredity and Adaptation

  • Spanish Audio Book for Chemical Interactions NG
10/11/18
  • New Word Wall cards for FOSS NG Grades 1 and 2 modules. PDFs with module word wall words, sorted by investigation and part, are now available under the "Materials and Kit Information" node on FOSSweb. These conceptual words will complement the existing equipment photo cards for the module.

    All FOSS NG 1-5 modules now have the Word Wall cards.

    Newly available in the following modules:
    Grade 1
    • Sound and Light
    • Air and Weather
    • Plants and Animals
    Grade 2
    • Solids and Liquids
    • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
    • Insects and Plants

9/27/18
  • New Word Wall cards for FOSS NG Grade 4 and 5 modules: PDFs with module word wall words, sorted by investigation and part, are now available under the "Materials and Kit Information" node on FOSSweb. These conceptual words will complement the existing equipment photo cards for the module. Available in the following modules:
    Grade 4
    • Energy
    • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
    • Environments
    Grade 5
    • Mixtures and Solutions
    • Earth and Sun
    • Living Systems
  • New Spanish Audio Book for Populations and Ecosystems NG
  • New Teacher Prep Videos for middle school:
    • Chemical Interactions: Investigations 1-10
    • Earth History: Investigation 1-4
    • Planetary Science: Investigations 1-4
9/13/18
  1. New Word Wall cards for FOSS NG Grade 3 modules: PDFs with module word wall words, sorted by investigation and part, are now available under the "Materials and Kit Information" node on FOSSweb. These conceptual words will complement the existing equipment photo cards for the module. Available in the following modules:
    • Motion and Matter
    • Structures of Life
    • Water and Climate
  2. New Teacher Prep Videos for Investigations 1-2 in Planetary Science NG.
  3. New Audio Books in Spanish for Planetary Science NG and Heredity and Adaptation NG.
  4. Interactive eInvestigation Guide for the remaining Next Generation Middle School courses (now all NG Middle School courses have an interactive eInvestigations Guide):
    • Earth History
    • Chemical Interactions
  5. A Milkweed Bugs image gallery is now available in Insects and Plants NG.
  6. The District SIS-Administrator User Guide available on the Walk-Through Videos page.

8/31/18

  • Interactive eInvestigation Guides for the following Next Generation Middle School courses:
    • Diversity of Life
    • Electromagnetic Force
    • Gravity and Kinetic Energy
    • Heredity and Adaptation
    • Human Systems Interactions
    • Planetary Science
    • Populations and Ecosystems
    • Waves
    • Weather and Water