FOSSweb Updates

Updates

COVID-19 Updates

The FOSS team is here to support you and other educators during school closures. While no online learning can replace the hands-on science at the core of the FOSS program, the FOSS developers hope that the resources on FOSSweb including new Home/School Connections will provide engaging science experiences for students at home.

The FOSSweb login page has been revised so that non-registered teachers, students, and families can link directly to the Home/School Connection Center. This doesn’t, however, provide full access to FOSSweb resources available on the student page, but does provide access to the downloadable PDFs for home activities. Only registered teachers and students with user names and access codes have full access.

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 in English or Spanish and Everyday Outside Challenge for Middle School you may have seen on FOSS Facebook.

Recordings of webinars detailing what resources are available, where they are located, and suggestions for use are available for Grades K-5 and Grades 6-8.

As of May 28 there are new Home/School Connections activities on FOSSweb for:

  • All Next Generation and Second Edition courses grades 6–8 (short and long-term projects)
  • All Next Generation modules grades 3–5 through Investigation 4 or Investigation 5, where applicable(updated April 17)
  • All Next Generation modules Grade 1-2 through Investigation 4 (updated May 15)
  • All Next Generation modules K modules, through Investigation 4 (updated May 1)
  • Activities Using the Career Database for Science and Engineering (added May 1)
  • Selected Third Edition modules grades K–5
  • Lo-tech activities for all investigations in Grades K-2 (updated May 8)
  • All Math Extensions Next Generation grades 1–5 (English and Spanish)
  • Spanish translations of Home/School Connections for grades K–8 (more added May 28)
  • Two FOSS 5-day lesson plans for grades 5–8 on science of COVID-19 (updated May 8)
  • Everyday Outdoor Challenge for Elementary and Middle School (posted April 17)

All Home/School Connections have been posted for the Next Generation K-8 course/modules. We will continue to post Spanish PDFs until all Home/School Connections have been covered. We recommend that teachers and families use Home/School activities from ALL the modules at a grade level during school closures.

The FOSS developers hope that this downloadable guide (4/03/2020) and Google Classroom support document (5/15/2020), along with the resources on FOSSweb can support you in navigating instruction during this challenging time. In addition, teachers of grades 5-8 may want to assign students new FOSS Science of COVID-19 5-day lesson plans (05/08/2020). Lesson 1 is available in English and in Spanish. Lesson 2 is available in English (Spanish coming soon).

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

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 district does not have student eBook access, use the access code on the Teacher Homepage banner for access to the Next Generation courses and modules. The code is valid through June, 2020. Enter this code from the green "Activate Your Access Code" button on the upper right corner of your Teacher page.
  • 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.

The latest updates and news of FOSSweb

Latest content updates on FOSSweb

The latest updates on FOSSweb by date:

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.
Latest technical updates on FOSSweb
05/18/2020
  • The speed function (0.75X and 0.5X) has been re-established on the JW video player.
Coding guide update for school year 2019-20

Assessment masters and coding guides for Next Generation Grs. 3-8 modules and courses have been updated for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers need to download the most current assessment masters and coding guides from FOSSweb.

The assessment masters and coding guides for Next Generation Grade 2 will be available on 8/16/19.

FOSSweb Walkthrough Videos

For tutorials on FOSSweb registration, activating modules, and creating class accounts, visit our FOSSweb Walkthrough Videos page.

Previous Updates
02/20/2020

All FOSSmap Walk-through videos and Quickstart guides are updated to include the latest changes on the platform.

03/05/2020
  • New Teacher Resource Introductory Videos
    FOSS Teacher Resource Introductory Videos provide a general overview of the instructional practices within FOSS lessons. We recommend viewing these videos after being introduced to the FOSS program or by starting with the Active Investigation video for your grade band.

    The FOSS Teacher Resources Introductory Videos are located from the top menu "Connecting with FOSS/Professional Learning" page. Grade-band videos are located in each module/course under the "Teaching the Module/Course" tab.

03/20/2020
  • New Next Generation Grades 3-5 Home/School Connections
    Activity suggestions for school closures have been added to the following Next Generation Grades 3-5 modules:
    • Grade 3:
      • Structures of Life
      • Motion and Matter
      • Water and Climate
    • Grade 4:
      • Environments
      • Mixtures and Solutions
      • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
    • Grade 5:
      • Mixtures and Solutions
      • Living Systems
      • Earth and Sun
  • Math Extensions have been added to all Next Generation and Third Editions Grades 1-5 modules.
  • New Next Generation and Middle School Second Edition Home/School Connections
    Activity suggestions for school closures have been added to the following courses:
    • Chemical Interactions (Next Generation and Second Edition)
    • Diversity of Life (Next Generation and Second Edition)
    • Earth History (Next Generation and Second Edition)
    • Electromagnetic Force
    • Gravity and Kinetic Energy
    • Human Systems Interactions
    • Planetary Science (Next Generation and Second Edition)
    • Populations and Ecosystems (Next Generation and Second Edition)
    • Waves
    • Weather and Water (Next Generation and Second Edition)
  • New Third Edition Grades 3-5 Home/School Connections
    Activity suggestions for school closures have been added to the following Third Edition Grades 3-5 modules:
    • Environments
    • Energy and Electromagnetism
    • Living Systems
    • Mixtures and Solutions
    • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
    • Structures of Life
    • Water
04/02/2020
  • Rube Goldberg Burglar Catcher in the Next Generation Motion and Matter module has been updated from Flash to HTML5.
  • KML files for use on the browser-based Google Earth have been added for the following tours in the Next Generation Earth History course:
    • Appalachian Mountain Tour
    • Hawaii Field Trip
    • Mountain Card Locations
    • Pacific Northwest Tour
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.
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.