FOSS MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM COMPONENTS
FOSS for Middle School is a general science curriculum for students and their teachers in
grades 6–8. The curriculum is organized into topical courses in three strands: Earth and
Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science and Technology. Each course is an
in-depth unit requiring 9–12 weeks to teach.
This course, designed for students in grades 7–8, includes the following five
- A detailed Chemical Interactions Teacher Guide in a three-ring binder,
including an overview, materials preparation, goals and objectives, an at-a-glance investigation chart,
science background, lesson plans, transparency masters, teacher answer sheets, assessments with masters
and scoring guides, a multimedia user guide, and references (books, multimedia, websites). Chapters of the teacher guide are separated by tabs for
easy use. Chemical Interactions has ten investigations, each with multiple parts.
- A kit of laboratory equipment packaged for multiple classes of 32
students each. The kit also contains class resource materials such as posters
and videos. Each course is designed for one teacher working with five sections of students per day. The
kit includes transparencies for the investigations.
- The FOSS Chemical Interactions Lab Notebook consisting of prepared
sheets and organizers for students to use during the investigations.
Multiple copies of the lab notebook can be obtained in order to provide one for each student, or individual sheets can be photocopied and
distributed to students as needed.
- Thirty-two FOSS Chemical
Interactions Resources books containing reference materials (the periodic table of the elements) and
readings that are used throughout the course.
- The FOSS Chemical Interactions Multimedia program, intended for
use as a whole-class demonstration tool and an individual or small-group
interactive instructional tool. The multimedia program is woven into the instruction and is linked to many
investigations. The multimedia program is provided in the kit on five
CD-ROMs, and is also available on-line at www.fossweb.com.