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Updates

Teaching FOSS in School Year 2020-21

The FOSS team continues to support you as the school year comes to an end and summer begins. Recorded webinars and and other resources to support in-person, remote, and blended science learning for grades K–2, 3–5, and 6–8 are available on FOSSweb. 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.


Life Science Remote-Learning Resources Recently Added to FOSSweb (Grades K-5)

Life science resources for K-5 classrooms using remote-learning, including hybrid models, are listed below (date indicates when posted). Check the Module Matrix for recommended ways to use these resources and download teacher notes provided with the resource. Feel free to contact us with any specific questions or concerns.

March-April, 2021 resources posted:

  • Grade K: Animals Two by Two Module:
    • Inv. 1, Goldfish and Guppies, Parts 1–4
      Student videos and teacher notes (posted 3/11/21):
      • Part 1: The Structure of Goldfish Video and teacher notes
      • Part 2: Caring for Goldfish Video and teacher notes
      • Part 3: Goldfish Behavior Video and teacher notes
    • Inv. 3, Big and Little Worms, Parts 1–3
      Student videos and teacher notes (posted 4/22/21):
      • Part 1: The Structure of Redworms
      • Part 2: Redworm Behavior
      • Part 3: Comparing Redworms to Night Crawlers
  • Grade 1: Plants and Animals Module:
    • Inv. 1, Grass and Grain Seeds, Parts 1 and 2 (posted 3/11/21)
      Multimedia: Lawns Slideshow and teacher notes
    • Inv. 1, Grass and Grain Seeds, Part 3 (posted 3/25/21)
      Multimedia: Wheat Seeds in Straws Slideshow and teacher notes
  • Grade 2: Insects and Plants Module:
    • Inv. 1, Mealworms, Parts 1–3
      Student Video and teacher notes
      • Part 1: Mealworms (posted 3/25/21)
      • Part 2: Pupa, Larva, Adult(posted 4/08/21)
      • Part 3, Life Cycle (posted 4/08/21)
  • Grade 3: Structures of Life Module
    • Inv. 1, Origin of Seeds, Part 2 (posted 3/11/21)
      Multimedia: Sprouting Seed Slideshow and teacher notes
    • Inv. 2, Growing Further, Parts 1–2 (posted 3/11/21)
      Multimedia: Growing Further Seedling Sort Online Activity and teacher notes
      Multimedia: Growing Further Bean Plants Slideshow and teacher notes
    • Inv. 3, Meet the Crayfish, Parts 1–2
      Student videos and teacher notes (posted 5/6/21):
      • Part 1: Crayfish Structures
      • Part 2: Characteristics and Adaptation
  • Grade 4: Environments Module
    • Inv. 1, Environmental Factors
      Student video and teacher notes (posted 3/11/21):
      • Part 2: Isopod Environment
  • Grade 5: Living Systems Module:
    • Inv. 1, Part 4: Systems, and followup in Inv 4, Part 4: Sensory Systems (posted 3/11/21)
      Multimedia: Recycling Redworm Habitat Slideshow and teacher notes
    • Inv. 2 Plant Nutrition, Part 2
      Student videos and teacher notes (posted 4/22/21):
      • Introduce Wheat
      • Plant Wheat Seeds
      • Observe Wheat Plants after 3 Days
      • Observe Wheat Plants after 6 Days
      • Observe Wheat Plants on Day 7
      • Observe Wheat Plants on Day 10

FOSS Grades PreK-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 PreK–K, 1–2, and 3–5). 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 created instructional support resources so that you can still 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.

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):

05/20/2021
  • Word Wall Cards with illustrations updated for the Grade 1: Plants and Animals module
  • Captions for Teacher Prep Videos for the following STEM Courses:
    • Grs. PK: Observing Nature
    • Grs. 1-2: Forces in Action
    • Grs. 5: Sound Design
  • Captions for Alternative Investigation 3 (Hissing Cockroaches) Teacher Prep Video in Gr. 3 Structures of Life
05/06/2021
  • New Student Videos for Remote Learning for Grade 3: Structures of Life Inv. 3 Meet the Crayfish
    • Inv. 3.1: Crayfish Structures
    • Inv. 3.2: Characteristics and Adaptation
  • Word Wall Cards with illustrations updated for the Grade K: Materials and Motion module
  • Spanish Teaching Slides with anchor phenomena information updated for the following modules:
    • Grade K:
      • Animals Two by Two
    • Grade 1:
      • Air and Weather
    • Grade 2:
      • Insects and Plants
    • Grade 3:
      • Motion and Matter
      • Structures of Life
      • Water and Climate
    • Grade 4:
      • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
      • Environments
    • Grade 5:
      • Earth and Sun
    All Grades K-5 teaching slides in English and Spanish have now been updated with anchor phenomena information.
  • All Google Earth™ tours in Next Generation and Second Edition Middle School Earth History courses now include browser-version compatible files
04/22/2021
  • New Student Videos for Remote Learning for Grade 5: Living Systems Inv. 2 Plant Nutrition
    • Introduce Wheat
    • Plant Wheat Seeds
    • Observe Wheat Plants after 3 Days
    • Observe Wheat Plants after 6 Days
    • Observe Wheat Plants on Day 7
    • Observe Wheat Plants on Day 10
  • New Student Videos for Remote Learning for Grade K: Animals Two by Two Inv. 3, Big and Little Worms
    • Part 1: The Structure of Redworms
    • Part 2: Redworm Behavior
    • Part 3: Comparing Redworms to Night Crawlers
  • Teaching Slides with anchor phenomena information updated for the following modules:
    • Grade K:
      • Materials and Motion (Spanish)
    • Grade 1:
      • Plants and Animals (Spanish)
    • Grade 4:
      • Energy (Spanish)
  • Transcripts added to the following Teacher Prep videos:
    • Forces in Action
    • Sound Design
    • Weather and Seasons
    • Observing Nature
    • Structures of Life
04/04/2021
  • New Teacher Prep Videos for Investigation 2-4 for the STEM module Forces in Action
  • New Teacher Prep Videos for STEM module Sound Design
  • New Student Video for Grade 2: Insects and Plants: Investigation 1.2: Pupa, Larva, Adult
  • Updated assessments in STEM module Sound Design
  • Teaching Slides with anchor phenomena information updated for the following modules:
    • Grade K:
      • Trees and Weather (Spanish)
      • Animals Two by Two (Spanish)
    • Grade 1:
      • Plants and Animals
    • Grade 3:
      • Structures of Life
    • Grade 5:
      • Earth and Sun
      • Living Systems (Spanish)
03/25/2021
  • New remote learning activities for K-5 Life Science modules:
    • Grade 1, Plants and Animals Module:
      • Inv 1, Grass and Grain Seeds, Part 3
        Multimedia: Wheat Seeds in Straws Slideshow and teacher notes
    • Grade 2: Insects and Plants Module:
      • Inv 1, Mealworms, Parts 1.1 to 1.3
        Student Video: Mealworms and teacher notes
  • New Teacher Prep Video for Investigation 1 for the STEM module Forces in Action
  • New Teacher Prep Video for Structures of Life Alternate Investigation 3: Meet the Hissing Cockroach
  • New Student Video for Grade 2: Insects and Plants
  • Teaching Slides with anchor phenomena information updated for the following modules:
    • Grade K:
      • Trees and Weather
      • Animals Two by Two
    • Grade 3:
      • Motion and Matter
    • Grade 4
      • Environments
    • Grade 5
      • Living Systems
03/11/2021
  • New remote learning activities for K-5 Life Science modules:
    • Grade K: Animals Two by Two: Goldfish Observation Videos (Investigation 1.1-1.4)
    • Grade 1: Plants and Animals: Lawns Slideshow
    • Grade 3: Structures of Life:
      • Growing Further: Bean Plants Slideshow
      • Growing Further: Seedling Sort
      • The Sprouting Seed Slideshow
    • Grade 4: Environments: Designing an Isopod Environment Video
    • Grade 5: Living Systems: Recycling: Redworm Habitat
  • New Teacher Prep Videos for all investigations in the Pre-K module, Observing Nature
  • Teaching Slides with anchor phenomena information updated for the following modules:
    • Grade K: Materials and Motion
    • Grade 3: Motion and Matter
    • Grade 4: Soils Rocks and Landforms
  • Spanish translations of new teaching slides with updated anchor phenomena information for the following modules:
    • Grade K: Materials and Motion
    • Grade 1: Sound and Light
    • Grade 2:
      • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
      • Solids and Liquids
    • Grade 3: Water and Climate
    • Grade 4: Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
    • Grade 5: Mixtures and Solutions
  • Spanish translations of the following middle school online activities:
    • Earth History:
      • Mountain Types
      • Earth's Interior
    • Planetary Science: Properties of Light Slideshow
02/25/2021
  • New Remote Learning resources for Grade PreK Observing Nature. Resources can be found under the “School Year 2020-21—Teaching FOSS” for teachers and “Media Library” for students.
  • Closed captioning added to the following Spanish-version Remote Learning Videos:
    • Grade 3:
      • Water and Climate, Inv. 3.5: Condensación
      • 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. 2.1: Erosión y deposición
      • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms, Inv. 2.2: Investigaciones con modelos de corrientes de agua
      • Energy, Inv. 3.1: Construir un electromán
      • Energy, Inv.3.3: Colisiones
    • Grade 5:
      • Mixtures and Solutions, Inv. 3.2: Concentración de sal
      • Mixtures and Solutions, Inv. 4.1: Saturación de sal
      • Earth and Sun, Inv. 2.2: ¿Cuán grande y cuán lejos?
      • Earth and Sun, Inv. 3.1: El aire a nuestro alrededor
      • Earth and Sun, Inv. 4.1: Calentar materiales terrestres
  • Spanish translations available for the following multimedia activities:
    • Heredity and Adaptation Heredity Slideshow
    • Diversity of Life Nonflowering Plants Slideshow
  • New illustrated Word Wall Cards in English and Spanish for Kindergarten modules:
    • Animals Two by Two
    • Materials and Motion
    • Trees and Weather
  • Teaching Slides in Google slide format now available for the following modules:
    • Grade K:
      • Animals Two by Two
      • Materials and Motion
      • Trees and Weather
    • Grade 2:
      • Solids and Liquids
    • Grade 5:
      • Living Systems
  • New Violin video available in the STEM Grades 3–5 Sound Design module
  • Teaching Slides with anchor phenomena information updated for the following modules:
    • Grade 5: Mixtures and Solutions
    • Grade 3: Water and Climate
    • Grade 2: Pebbles, Sand, and Silt and Solids and Liquids
    • Grade 1: Sound and Light
Please visit the Previous Updates to view FOSSweb updates of the previous year.