The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K-12 science content standards developed by states to improve science education for all students. A goal for developing the NGSS was to create a set of research-based, up-to-date K-12 science standards. These standards give local educators the flexibility to design classroom learning experiences that stimulate students' interest in science and prepares them for college, careers and citizenship. Read more about the NGSS at the links below:
FOSS (Full Option Science System) is the resource that Union-Endicott uses to address the Next Generation Science Standards . FOSS is a research-based science curriculum developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. The FOSS program materials are designed to meet the challenge of providing meaningful science education for all students and to prepare them for life in the 21st century. Development of the FOSS program was, and continues to be, guided by advances in the understanding of how youngsters think and learn.
Students who use FOSS will participate in exciting science learning opportunities regularly; use science notebooks; engage in engineering activities; go to the schoolyard to apply the indoor learning to a real-world setting; utilize technology to enhance science learning; engage with literacy supports that deepen science understanding; and think critically about what they know, what they think they know, and what they need help better understanding.
Want more info? Click here to view the FOSS website, which includes program information and resources for students, teachers and parents.