Palo Alto Unified School District has adopted the Full Option Science (FOSS) science program K-5. This program was developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science at U.C. Berkeley. The program features a life, earth and physical science unit at each grade level.
|Life Science||Earth Science||Physical Science|
|Kindergarten||Animals 2 x 2||Trees/Gardening||Wood and Paper|
|First||Plants and Animals||Air and Weather||Solids and Liquids|
|Second||Insects and Plants||Pebbles, Sand, and Slit||Balance and Motion|
|Third||Structures of Life/Baylands||Sun, Moon, and Stars||Matter and Energy|
|Fourth||Environments||Solid Earth||Magnetism and Electricity|
|Fifth||Living Systems||Water Plants||Mixtures and Solutions|
PAUSD Science Standards
Elementary District teachers will begin shifting to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) over the next few years. Frameworks and materials are still in development at the state level.
- Kindergarten PAUSD Standards
- First Grade PAUSD Standards
- Second Grade PAUSD Standards
- Third Grade PAUSD Standards
- Fourth Grade PAUSD Standards
- Fifth Grade PAUSD Standards
Where is PAUSD heading with NGSS?
FOSS Online Resources
The FOSSWEB/CA website has more information about each unit, including games and simulations.
Back-to-School Night Handouts
- Kindergarten BTSN Handout
- First Grade BTSN Handout
- Second Grade BTSN Handout
- Third Grade BTSN Handout
- Fourth Grade BTSN Handout
- Fifth Grade BTSN Handout
Science Enrichment Resources
The Bay Area provides many opportunities for informal science education. The link below identifies resources for teachers and parents that are suitable for field trips and family activities that support our science units.
Science Resource Center
The Science Resource Center provides all of the materials K-5 teachers need to implement the FOSS science curriculum.