FOSSweb Updates


Getting Ready for 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. These may include:

  • In-person learning with modified use of hands-on materials;
  • Remote learning only;
  • Blended model (remote + in-person).

We will have webinars in late July and early August to introduce these resources for grades K–2, 3–5, and 6–8. Check the information in the “Register for a FOSS Webinar” section of this page and the Professional Learning Event Calendar on FOSSweb for dates and times.

If your school is holding in-person lessons at school:
The FOSS team is creating suggested norms for in-person learning using FOSS materials and student discussions using physical-distancing measures. Specific modifications for individual investigations will be provided. In all cases follow your state/district guidelines.

If your school is using remote learning or blended learning:
FOSS Grades K-2

The FOSS team will support students at this age with one remote-learning science experience each week. FOSS will provide these Home/School Connections for each module along with some short videos to demonstrate phenomena in the case of remote learning.

FOSS Grades 3-5

The FOSS team will support students at this age with one remote-learning science experience each week.

  1. Synchronous teaching and learning at home
    FOSS will identify the activities that can be done with simple demonstrations for students to observe and discuss. Teachers will need some FOSS equipment and we will develop a “FOSS in a Suitcase” list of selected items for teachers to take home for each module. For selected investigations (Physical and Earth Science for fall), FOSS is developing short videos to assist the teacher in presenting to the class synchronously. Each video includes an introduction, activity, and discussion.
  2. Asynchronous teaching and learning with materials commonly found at home or resources on FOSSweb
    FOSS is enhancing Home/School Connections Resources on FOSSweb, including:
    • Readings, interactive e-book in English and Spanish (upon request, we can provide PDFs of selected readings for schools to make print copies to send home);
    • Videos;
    • Multimedia;
    • Firsthand activities that can be done at home (with materials at home, consumable FOSS materials provided by school, or other materials provided by school);
    • Longer-term home projects.

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. Starting in late July, on FOSSweb, you will find these instructional supports:
  1. Guide to Designing Your Remote Learning with FOSS Grades 6-8. This document describes pedagogical practices to consider as you plan your FOSS instruction.
  2. FOSS Course supports:
    • Student videos demonstrating hands-on experiences for each middle school course, to temporarily replace student hands-on investigations during COVID closures.
    • Google Docs Notebook Sheets for each middle school course.
    • Suggestions for at-home investigations using easily found materials when possible.
    • Home/School Connection activities in English and Spanish for each middle school course.
      Release schedule:
      • 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

Register for a FOSS Webinar
FOSS Webinar: Instruction with FOSS in SY 2020-21

Join the FOSS developers at the Lawrence Hall of Science to learn about the resources they have created to support in-person, remote, and blended learning in the coming school year. The FOSS team will introduce the tools on FOSSweb for teaching during the COVID-19 modified school year. We will discuss how to plan for student learning with FOSS and how to customize your FOSS instruction to match your district's plan for fall 2020.

Registration is free, but you must register in advance. If you are unable to attend, the main webinar will be recorded and made available afterwards.

Webinars will take place on the following dates, with additional dates added as needed. Check the FOSS Professional Learning Event Calendar to view the session dates and register.

Please register for only ONE session at each grade band as they are repeat sessions.

  • Grades 6-8: August 5 and August 19 (1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern)
  • Grades 3-5: August 12 (1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern)
  • Grades K-2: August 5 (4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern) and August 26 (1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern)

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 ( 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 ( for a tutorial on using the eBook tools.

The latest updates on FOSSweb (by date):
  • FOSS Phenomena Storylines added as front matter to the following PDF-based eInvestigation Guides:
    • Insects and Plants
    • Environments
    All Next Generation K-5 modules now have eInvestigation Guides with Phenomena Storylines as front matter.
  • The following Next Generation modules have updated Remote Learning Resources:
    Grade 1:
    • Air and Weather
    • Sound and Light
    Grade 2:
    • Solids and Liquids
    • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
    Grade 4:
    • Energy
  • Google Notebook Sheets available for the following Next Generation modules and courses:
    • Chemical Interactions (Spanish)
    • Weather and Water (Spanish)
    • Energy (English and Spanish)
    • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms (English and Spanish)
  • All Middle School Second Edition and First Edition courses have Remote Learning Resources.
  • The following webinars are posted on the Walk-Through Videos and PDFs page:
    • Grades 3-5 Instruction with FOSS in SY 2020-2021, July 29
    • Grades 6-8 Instruction with FOSS in SY 2020-2021, August 5
    • Grades K-2 Instruction with FOSS in SY 2020-2021, August 5
  • 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)
  • 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
  • FOSS Phenomena Storylines added as front matter to the following PDF-based eInvestigation Guides:
    • Earth and Sun
    • Water and Climate

Please see the Previous Updates for all changes in FOSSweb between August, 2019-August, 2020.