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Teaching FOSS in School Year 2020-21

The FOSS team is ready to support you in a wide range of potential circumstances during school year 2020-21. We held user webinars in July and August to introduce important new resources to support in-person, remote, and blended learning for grades K–2, 3–5, and 6–8. In the recorded webinars, the FOSS team outlined how to customize your FOSS instruction to match your district's plan for school year 2020-21.

Learn more about FOSS Teaching Resources for 2020-21 by viewing these short videos:

Recordings of past webinars can be found on the Walk-Through Videos and PDFs page.


FOSS Grades K-5

On FOSSweb, go to a module page and look for the teacher resources listed at the top of Teaching the Module.

Fall 2020—Teaching FOSS
  • Designing Your FOSS Instruction (grades 3–5 and K–2). These documents provide general recommendations for planning science instruction in the time of COVID-19.
  • Module-Specific Navigation Matrix. This working document provides specific recommendations for in-person, remote synchronous, and remote asynchronous instruction for each part of each investigation, including links to resources to consider for various teaching approaches.
  • Google Classroom Support (grades 3–5 only). A document describing how to access and distribute the grades 3-5 notebook sheets as google docs.
  • Google Docs Notebook Masters (grades 3–5 only).
  • Student Remote Learning Menus. These menus provide teachers with direct links to the student-facing Student Remote Learning Menus.
Remote Synchronous teaching and learning at home

FOSS activities that can be done with simple demonstrations for students to observe and discuss are described. Teachers will need some FOSS equipment. In addition, for selected investigation parts in Physical and Earth Science grades 3–5, FOSS is developing short videos to assist with synchronous instruction. Each video includes an introduction, activity, and discussion.

Remote Asynchronous instruction with materials commonly found at home and resources on FOSSweb
Students access resources from their FOSSweb student page (Remote Learning Resources):
  • Home/School Connections Resources on FOSSweb with Other At-Home Activities that can be done either indoors or outdoors.
  • Readings and other resources available in the interactive e-books in English and Spanish
  • Multimedia (online activities, tutorials, virtual investigations, and videos)
  • Short student videos for selected investigations grades 3-5

FOSS Grades 6–8

The FOSS team is preparing instructional resources that will support you so you can teach FOSS every day, even if you are using remote-learning technologies. On FOSSweb, go to a course page to access the new resources at the top of Teaching the Course.

COVID-19 Remote Learning Resources SY 2020-21
  • Designing Your Remote Learning with FOSS Grades 6-8. This document describes pedagogical practices to consider as you plan your FOSS instruction.
  • Remote Learning Investigations Guide Support for each middle school course, with suggested modifications for remote and hybrid instruction and suggestions for at-home investigations using easily found materials when possible.
  • Videos of hands-on experiences for each middle school course, to temporarily replace student hands-on investigations during COVID closures.
  • Suggestions for In-Class Investigations
  • Google Classroom Support
  • Google Docs Notebook Masters for each middle school course.
  • Home/School Connection activities in English and Spanish for each middle school course.
Release schedule for Next Generation remote learning resources (some resources also provided for First Edition and Second Edition courses):
  • August/September 2020 – Weather and Water, Chemical Interactions, Heredity and Adaptation, Electromagnetic Force
  • September/October 2020 – Diversity of Life
  • November/December 2020 – Earth History, Gravity and Kinetic Energy, Waves
  • January/February 2021 – Human Systems Interactions, Populations and Ecosystems, Planetary Science, Variables and Design

Accessing Student eBooks
For Rostered Districts (Clever, Classlink, OneRoster)

Content for rostered schools and districts is enabled and assigned during the onboarding process. If your students do not have access to eBooks, please contact your District IT Administrator or your Curriculum Coordinator.

For Self-Registered Teachers
  • Make sure your students have access to FOSSweb. If they do not, set up a class page following the instructions on the Walk-through Videos on FOSSweb. If your students don't have access to the eBook, ask your school or district administrator to contact your FOSS sales representative by completing this Support Form.
  • Check to see if your students have access by logging in to the class page, selecting a module and verifying that you see the eBooks listed in the “Media Library” section.
  • 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.

If your students have individual student accounts, share this video link (https://youtu.be/yL_NqXZgmks) for a tutorial on using the eBook tools.


The latest updates on FOSSweb (by date):

01/14/2021
  • Spanish versions of the following Remote Learning videos:
    • Grade 3:
      • Motion and Matter, Inv. 2.1: Sistemas de rueda y eje
      • Motion and Matter, Inv. 3.1: De aquí para allá
      • Motion and Matter, Inv. 3.3: Investigar posición inicial
    • Grade 4:
      • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms, Inv. 1.3: Desgaste químico
    • Grade 5:
      • Earth and Sun, Inv. 1.3: El día y la noche
  • Caption files added for the following Remote Learning videos:
    • Grade 3:
      • Water and Climate, Inv. 1.3: Esponjas empapadas
      • Motion and Matter, Inv. 3.1: Dos fuerzas
    • Grade 4:
      • Energy, Inv. 1.1: Encender una bombilla
    • Grade 5:
      • Mixtures and Solutions, Inv. 1.2: Separar una solución de sal
  • New and Updated Remote Learning videos for Next Generation Middle School courses:
    • Human Systems Interactions
    • Planetary Science
    • Populations and Ecosystems
  • New image galleries:
    • Animal Ears and Hearing (Next Generation Environments)
    • Animals in their Environments Video Gallery (Next Generation Environments)
    • Balancing Toys (Third Edition Balance and Motion)
    • How Does Energy Travel between Systems? (Next Generation Energy)
    • What Uses Air? (Next Generation and Third Edition Air and Weather)
    • Worms, Isopods, and Fish (Next Generation and Third Edition Animals Two by Two)
    • Young and Adult Animals (Next Generation and Third Edition Animals Two by Two)
  • New Middle School activities:
    • Ecosystem Card Sort (English and Spanish) (Next Generation and Second Edition Populations and Ecosystems)
    • Aerobic Cellular Respiration Model (English and Spanish) (Next Generation Humans Systems Interactions)
  • Teaching Slides in Google Slide format for the following Next Generation modules:
    • Grade 1:
      • Plants and Animals
      • Sound and Light
    • Grade 2:
      • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
      • Insects and Plants
    • Grade 3:
      • Motion and Matter
      • Structures of Life
    • Grade 4:
      • Energy
      • Environments
    • Grade 5:
      • Mixtures and Solutions
  • Flash eBooks and multimedia removed from all California Edition, Second Edition Elementary Edition, Texas Edition, and First Edition Middle School Edition modules.
  • eBooks updated for all Second Edition Elementary Edition modules, with the exception of the Human Body Teacher Guide and the Water Teacher Guide.
12/17/2020
  • Spanish versions of the following Remote Learning videos:
    • Grade 3:
      • Motion and Matter: Inv. 1.1: Dos fuerzas
      • Water and Climate: Inv. 1.3: Esponjas empapadas
    • Grade 4:
      • Energy: Inv. 1.1: Encender una bombilla
  • New and Updated Remote Learning videos for Next Generation Middle School courses:
    • Earth History
    • Planetary Science
    • Populations and Ecosystems
    • Waves
  • New Fossil Evidence Puzzle Activity for Next Generation and Second Edition Earth History
  • New Audio Books (English and Spanish) for Sound Design
12/03/2020
  • New Spanish notebooks sheets, teacher masters and assessment masters added to STEM module Forces in Action
  • Spanish teaching slides added to the Resources by Investigation for Next Generation Grades K-5 modules
  • New Remote Learning video for Next Generation Grade 5 Earth and Sun:
    • Inv. 4.1: Heating Earth Materials
  • Spanish version of Remote Learning video for Next Generation Grade 5 Mixtures and Solution:
    • Inv. 1.2: Separar un solución de sal
  • New Remote Learning videos for Next Generation Middle School courses:
    • Earth History
    • Waves
  • Captions added for the following Remote Learning videos:
    • Grade 3: Motion and Matter Inv. 3.3: Investigating Start Position
    • Grade 4: Energy Inv. 4.3: Collisions
    • Grade 5: Mixtures and Solutions Inv. 4.1: Salt Saturation
11/19/2020
  • New English and Spanish Interactive Student Resource Books for STEM modules:
    • Pre-K: Observing Nature
    • Grades K-2: Forces in Action
    • Grades 3-5: Sound Design
  • Additional and new Remote Learning videos for Next Generation Middle School:
    • Earth History
    • Waves
  • New Remote Learning videos for Next Generation Grade 4 modules:
    • Motion and Matter, Inv. 3.3: Investigating Start Position
    • Energy, Inv. 4.3: Collisions
11/12/2020
  • English captions now available for the following Next Generation Remote Learning Videos:
    • Grade 3 Motion and Matter Inv. 3.1: From Here to There
    • Grade 4 Soils, Rocks, and Landforms Inv. 2.2: Stream-Table Investigations
    • Grade 5 Earth and Sun Inv. 3.1: The Air Around Us
  • Additional and new Remote Learning videos for Next Generation Middle School:
    • Earth History
    • Gravity and Kinetic Energy
11/05/2020
  • Google sheets for the following Next Generation Middle School courses:
    • Populations and Ecosystems (Spanish)
    • Variables and Design (English)
  • New Remote Learning video for Next Generation Mixtures and Solutions, Inv. 4.1 Salt Saturation
  • Additional and new Remote Learning videos for Next Generation Middle School:
    • Diversity of Life
    • Earth History
    • Gravity and Kinetic Energy
    • Waves
Please visit the Previous Updates to view FOSSweb updates of the previous year.