As stated in the FOSS program, there are three goals to be achieved throughout the FOSS Science program:
1) Scientific Literacy. Provide all students with the science experiences that are appropriate to their cognitive stages of development and serve as a foundation for more advanced ideas.
2) Instructional Efficiency. Provide teachers with a program that is complete, flexible, and easy-to-use that reflects on current research and instructional methodologies.
3) System Reform. Meet science standards set for knowledge and thinking in the 21st century.
In FOSS students use the scientific process including (as stated in the FOSS program):
"The FOSS Measurement Module
consists of four investigations, each designed to emphasize a particular type of
metric measurement-length, mass, temperature, and volume." (as stated in FOSS
v Rocks and Minerals
"The Earth Materials Module
consists of four sequential investigations dealing with observable
characteristics of solid materials from the earth- rocks and minerals including
(as stated in FOSS Science):
v The Human Body
"The Human Body Module consists of
four sequential investigations that engage students in thoughtful activities
about the form and function of a most remarkable machine, their own body"
including (as stated in FOSS Science):
v Magnets and Electricity
"The Magnetism and Electricity
Module consists of five sequential investigations, each designed to introduce or
reinforce concepts in physical science. The investigations provide
opportunities for students to explore the natural and human-made worlds by
observing and manipulating materials in focused settings using simple tools."
(as stated in FOSS Science) Investigations include: