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 ScienceEarth SciencePhysical Science
KindergartenAnimals 2 x 2Trees/GardeningWood and Paper
FirstPlants and AnimalsAir and WeatherSolids and Liquids
SecondInsects and PlantsPebbles, Sand, and SlitBalance and Motion
ThirdStructures of Life/BaylandsSun, Moon, and StarsMatter and Energy
FourthEnvironmentsSolid EarthMagnetism and Electricity
FifthLiving SystemsWater PlantsMixtures 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.

Where is PAUSD heading with NGSS?

PAUSD K-5 and the Next Generation Science Standards

FOSS Online Resources 

The FOSSWEB/CA website has more information about each unit, including games and simulations. 

Back-to-School Night Handouts 

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 Field Trips & Enrichment Activites

Science Resource Center

The Science Resource Center provides all of the materials K-5 teachers need to implement the FOSS science curriculum.