Variables and Design Home School Connection Variables and Design Home School Connection

Hello teachers:

Home/School Connections PDF

The FOSS team is here to support educators during COVID-19 school closures. While no online learning can replace the hands-on science at the core of the FOSS program, the FOSS developers hope that this downloadable guide (Updated 4/03/2020) and the new Home/School Connections on this page can support you in navigating instruction during this challenging time.

If possible, send students' notebooks home with them before the learning at home begins.

Make sure your students have access to FOSSweb. If they do not, set up a class page following the instructions on the Walkthrough Videos on FOSSweb. If you need to share instructions with your students on how to login, you can copy and paste this link (https://youtu.be/Fcfjbt7Li2k) for the instructional video on student login. You can send the link through your school's usual communication tool.

Download a copy of the Variables and Design Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.

Inside the PDF you’ll find:

  • March 16, 2020, Letter to Parents, Students, and Families from the FOSS team
  • A list of resources for the course along with instructions on how to select and scaffold lessons depending on where your in-class instruction was interrupted.
New COVID-19 Assignment (updated 5/08/2020)

FOSS has developed two 5-day lesson plans about the novel virus SARS-CoV-2 for you to use with science students in grades 5-8. These lessons are suitable for students who have reliable Internet access at home. If students do not have home access to technology, see the documents for suggested modifications.

Lesson 1 (in English or Spanish) is divided into 5 different topics.

  1. What is a virus?
  2. How does SARS-CoV-19 spread in humans?
  3. What is exponential growth?
  4. What do we know and not know about SARS-CoV-19?
  5. What are scientists doing to stop SARS-CoV-19?

Lesson 2 (in English or Spanish) is divided into 5 different topics.

  1. Research updates from April 2020
  2. Treating the disease: COVID-19 antiviral treatments
  3. Preventing the disease: SARS-CoV-2 vaccine
  4. Profile of Dr. Corbett
  5. Using models to think about what's next

New Everyday Outside Challenge (updated 4/24/2020)

Time spent outdoors can reduce stress and depression for children and adults. If your region is still allowing outdoor social-distancing, encourage your students and their families to participate in this outdoor adventure as a family unit. Here is the downloadable Everyday Outside Challenge for Middle School you may have seen on FOSS Facebook, in English and Spanish.


Activities for Using FOSS Career Database for Science and Engineering (updated 4/30/2020)

Download suggestions for using the FOSS Career Database for Science and Engineering in Home/School activities in English or Spanish (coming soon).


FOSS Support for Google Classroom (updated 5/15/2020)

Refer to the FOSS Support for Google Classroom FAQ for support for distance learning using Google Classroom.


Information about the Interactive eBooks App

In this difficult time, we have made it possible for all students to access the eBooks on FOSSweb.

If your district does not have access, use the access code FOSSK8CVHS, valid through May 2020. Enter this code from the green Activate Your Access Code button on the upper right corner of your Teacher page.

The FOSS Science Resources Interactive eBook(s) html version can be viewed through an appropriate browser after logging in to FOSSweb. In addition, the FOSS Science Resources Interactive eBook(s) can be downloaded and viewed through the FOSS eBooks app. Install the FOSS eBooks app and download each FOSS Science Resources Interactive eBook onto any devices that you will be using. An Interactive eBook tutorial is available to share with students.

  1. To download the FOSS eBooks app for your device, please click the appropriate link and follow the steps to install.

    Click the appropriate link for your device to download the FOSS eBooks app and follow the steps below to install.


    iOS devices:


    Android devices:

    Get it on Google Play
  2. Once the FOSS eBooks app is downloaded, log into the app using the same username and password provided by the teacher to log in to FOSSweb.

  3. Select which FOSS Science Resources Interactive eBook(s) you want to access through the app and download. Each book will take between 200-400 mB of file space on your device.