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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 fall 2020.

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).
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

Schedule: Navigation Matrices are now available for Investigations 1-2 for all modules. Later investigations will be coming soon.


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):

09/24/2020
  • New Remote Learning Resources for Students for the following Next Generation modules:
    • Grade 3 Motion and Matter, Investigations 3-4
    • Grade 4 Energy, Investigations 3-5
    • Grade 5 Mixtures and Solutions, Investigations 3-5
  • New Remote Learning videos for the following Next Generation modules/courses:
    • Grade 4 Soils, Rocks, and Landforms, Inv. 2.1
    • Middle School: Electromagnetic Force
  • Google Notebook Sheets now available for Next Generation Middle School Gravity and Kinetic Energy in English and Spanish
09/17/2020
  • Investigation 3 and Investigation 4 Remote Learning Resources for Students added to Next Generation Materials and Motion (Grade K) module
  • New Spanish-version PDF-based Student eBook in the Pre-K module, Observing Nature
  • New PDF-based flipping book versions of the following books (in English and Spanish) have been added:
    • ”Animals Two by Two“ by Lawrence Lowery in Next Generation Animals Two by Two
    • ”Our Very Own Tree“ by Lawrence Lowery in Next Generation Trees and Weather
  • New Remote Learning videos for the following Next Generation modules/courses:
    • Grade 3 Motion and Matter, Inv. 2.1
    • Grade 4 Soils, Rocks, and Landforms, Inv. 1.3
    • Middle School:
      • Chemical Interactions
      • Diversity of Life
      • Electromagnetic Force
      • Weather and Water
  • Google Notebook Sheets now available for the following:
    • Middle School Earth History (Spanish)
    • Middle School Waves (Engish and Spanish)
    • Grade 3 Structures of Life (English and Spanish)
    All Grades 3–5 Notebook Sheets are now available as Google docs.

09/10/2020
  • Remote Learning Resources for Students have been added to the following Next Generation Kindergarten modules:
    • Animals Two by Two
    • Materials and Motion
    • Trees and Weather
  • Remote learning resources in Spanish have been added to the following modules:
    • Sound and Light (Grade 1)
    • Solids and Liquids (Grade 2)
    • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt (Grade 2)
    • Energy (Grade 5)
  • New Remote Learning videos for the following Next Generation modules/courses:
    • Grade 3 Water and Climate
    • Middle School:
      • Chemical Interactions
      • Diversity of Life
      • Weather and Water
  • New digital card sort activities in Structures of Life (Grade 3) (Next Generation and Third Edition)*:
    • Desert Habitat Organism Card Sort
    • Forest Habitat Organism Card Sort
    • Grassland Habitat Organism Card Sort
    • Ocean Habitat Organism Card Sort
    • Pond Habitat Organism Card Sort
    • Rain Habitat Organism Card Sort
    • Tundra Habitat Organism Card Sort
    • Wetland Habitat Organism Card Sort
    • *These card sort activities are available in Plants and Animals as a remote-learning resource for students to access the information on the Habitat Organism cards.
  • Google Notebook Sheets now available for the following:
    • Middle School Diversity of Life (Spanish)
    • Grade 5 Living Systems (English and Spanish)
    • Grade 4 Environments (English and Spanish)
09/03/2020
  • Next Generation Kindergarten modules have added Fall 2020—Teaching FOSS Remote Learning Resources node:
    • Animals Two by Two
    • Materials and Motion
    • Trees and Weather
  • The following Next Generation Grades 1-2 modules have new Student Remote Learning Resources:
    • Grade 1
      • Plants and Animals Investigations 1 and 2
    • Grade 2
      • Solids and Liquids Investigations 1 and 2
      • Insects and Plants Investigations 1 and 2
  • New Remote Learning videos for the following Next Generation modules/courses:
    • Grade 5 Mixtures and Solutions
    • Middle School:
      • Diversity of Life
      • Weather and Water
    • New digital card sort activities:
      • Diversity of Life (Next Generation and 2nd Edition)—Living/Nonliving Card Sort
      • Environments (Grade 4) and Living Systems (Grade 5) (Next Generation and Third Edition):
        • Monterey Bay Ecosystem Card Sort (English and Spanish)
        • Woods Ecosystem Card Sort (Spanish)*
          *Woods Ecosystem Card Sort (English) was previously available.
      • Grade 2: Pebbles, Sand, and Silt and Solids and Liquids (Next Generation and Third Edition)—Water Sources Card Sort (English and Spanish)
    • Google Notebook Sheets now available for the Next Generation Middle School Course Earth History (English).
    • Videos of webinars: Instruction with FOSS SY 2020-2021
      The following webinars are now posted on the Walk-Through Videos and PDFs page:
      • Grades K-2, August 26 (updated from August 5)
      • Grades 3-5, August 12 (updated from July 29)
      • Grades 6-8, August 19 (updated from August 5)

    08/27/2020
    • The following Next Generation modules have revised Home/School Connection pages with updated Other At-Home Activities for use during remote learning:
      • Insects and Plant (Grade 2)
      • Plants and Animals (Grade 1)
    • The following Next Generation Grades 1-5 modules have new Student Remote Learning Resources:
      • Grade 1
        • Sound and Light Investigations 1 and 2
        • Air and Weather Investigations 1 and 2
      • Grade 2
        • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Investigations 1 and 2
      • Grade 3
        • Motion and Matter (Updated) New Student Video, Investigation 1.1 Two Forces
        • Water and Climate Investigations 1 and 2
        • Structures of Life Investigations 1 and 2
      • Grade 4
        • Soils, Rocks, and Landforms Investigations 1 and 2
        • Environments Investigations 1 and 2
      • Grade 5
        • Earth and Sun Investigations 1 and 2 with Student Video, Investigation 1.3 Day and Night
        • Living Systems Investigations 1 and 2
    • Google Notebook Sheets now available for the following Next Generation Middle School Courses:
      • Diversity of Life (Spanish)
      • Electromagnetic Force (Spanish)
    • New Remote Learning videos for the following Next Generation Middle School Courses courses:
      • Chemical Interactions (complete set for Investigations 1–4)
      • Heredity and Adaptation (complete set for Investigations 1–4)
    • Videos of webinars: Instruction with FOSS SY 2020-2021
      The following webinars are now posted on the Walk-Through Videos and PDFs page:
      • Grades K-2, August 5
      • Grades 3-5, Aug 12 (updated from July 29)
      • Grades 6-8, August 19 (updated from August 5)

    Please visit the Previous Updates to view FOSSweb updates of the previous year.