Full Option Science System (FOSS)
Grade Level(s): K – 8
Measures Growth: Yes
The Full Option Science System (FOSS) curriculum includes a fully integrated assessment component that permits continual monitoring of student progress during a module as well as summary information on student performance. The methods range from totally unobtrusive observation of students while they engage in their science investigations to tightly designed evaluative tools.
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Aligned to My Instruction
Pros: Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level • Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach • Does not assess higher-order thinking
Usefulness for Improving My Practice
Pros: Easy to administer • Results returned quickly • Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year
Cons: It is hard to use the data
Does not teach scientific method; does not transfer well to standardized tests.
Inquiry method does cultivate sense of discovery; helps to form generalizations; students take a more active role in forming hypotheses; inquiry activity is more demanding of the learner; sharpens process skills--if process skills are explicitly taught first.
Teacher planning can be overly intense.
Submitted by Val in Montana on April 9, 2013