FOSSweb Updates

Updates

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.


Upcoming Life Science Remote-Learning Resources (Grades K-5)

We're currently working on developing new life science resources for K-5 classrooms using remote-learning, including hybrid models. We'll begin rolling out resources over the next few weeks. We'll also continue to update you regarding our schedule as resources become available. Feel free to contact us with any specific questions or concerns.

March 2021 resources will include:

  • Kindergarten: Goldfish Observation Video
  • Grade 1: Lawns and Wheat Seed Image Galleries
  • Grade 2: Mealworms Video
  • Grade 3: Sprouting Seed and Bean Plant Image Galleries
  • Grade 4: Isopod Environment Videos
  • Grade 5: Recycling (Compost Worm Jar) Image Gallery

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 3–5, 1–2, and PreK–K). 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):

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
02/11/2021
  • Spanish versions of the following Remote Learning videos:
    • Grade 3: Water and Climate, Inv. 3.5: Condensación
    • Grade 4: Soils, Rocks, and Landforms
      • Inv. 2.1: Erosión y deposición
      • Inv. 2.2: Investigaciones con modelos de corrientes de agua
    • Grade 5:Mixtures and Solutions
      • Inv. 3.2: Concentración de sal
      • Inv. 4.1: Sauración de sal
    • Teacher Guides and Student Resource Books replaced in all Texas Edition modules.
    • Remote Learning video resources added to First Edition Middle School Force and Motion, Electronics, and Human Brain and Senses.
    01/28/2021
    • New resources are available for Observing Nature. You'll find new multimedia and streaming videos linked under “Digital-only Resources” and in “Resources by Investigation.” In addition, new remote learning resources will be coming soon.
    • Spanish versions of the following Remote Learning videos:
      • Grade 4:
        • Energy, Inv. 3.1: Construir un electroimán
        • Energy, Inv. 4.3: Colisiones
      • Grade 5:
        • 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
    • Captions added to Earth and Sun, Inv. 4.1: Heating Earth Materials
    • New and Updated Remote Learning videos for Next Generation Middle School courses:
      • Populations and Ecosystems
      • Variables and Design
    • New Card Sort: Environments: Mono Lake Ecosystem (replaces incorrect Monterey Bay Ecosystem)
    • Updated image galleries to HTML5 in Plants and Animals:
      • Squirrels Image Gallery
      • Engineering in Nature Image Gallery
    • Updated image galleries to HTML5 in Motion and Matter:
      • Motion Review Image Gallery
      • Reactions Review Image Gallery
    • Flash eBooks updated to HTML5 flipping books in all Second Edition Elementary Edition Grades K-2 modules.
    • Flash Second Edition Human Body Teacher Guide updated to HTML5 flipping book.
    • Flash eBooks updated to HTML5 flipping books for all First Edition Middle Edition modules.
    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
    • Captions added to 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 Grades 3-5 modules, with the exception of the Human Body Teacher Guide and the Water Teacher Guide.
    Please visit the Previous Updates to view FOSSweb updates of the previous year.