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|
Where is PAUSD heading with NGSS?
FOSS Online Resources
The FOSSWEB/CA website has more information about each unit, including games and simulations.
Science Resource Center
The Science Resource Center provides all of the materials K-5 teachers need to implement the FOSS science curriculum.