D97 utilizes FOSS (Full Option Science System) as the K-5 core science curricular resource. The best way for students to appreciate the scientific enterprise, learn important scientific and engineering concepts, and develop the ability to think well is to actively participate in scientific practices through their own investigations and analyses. The FOSS Program was created specifically to provide students and teachers with meaningful experiences through engaging with this active participation in scientific practices.
The FOSS Program has conceptual structure at the module and course level. FOSS has elaborated learning progressions for core ideas in science for kindergarten through grade 8. Developing learning progressions involves identifying successively more sophisticated ways of thinking about core ideas over multiple years. The modules and courses are organized into three domains: physical science, earth science, and life science. Each domain is divided into two strands, which represent a core scientific idea: matter/energy and change; dynamic atmosphere/rocks and landforms; and structure and function/complex systems.
As D97 middle schools transition to NGSS, this document maps when science topics will be addressed throughout a student’s middle school experience.