Science Textbook Adoption Rubric 2011
Elementary K-2, Montgomery County
Book/Resources on line
Delta Education: FOSS
The Delta Education Science Program for Virginia, a program that includes a Virginia Planning Guide for each grade
level, current FOSS kits, DSM Kits and Delta’s content readers, has been submitted to the Virginia Department of
Education for approval. A complete SOL correlation for each grade level is available.
I am working on a correlation to the SOLs for the new FOSS, Third Edition kits. However, because the program is
not complete, I do not have a complete correlation. I am basing the recommended kits on the current version of
FOSS and the similar FOSS, Third Edition titles. The investigations and content covered in the current version and
the new FOSS Third Edition are similar.
FOSS books for students are available in multiple forms. In the kit, there are 32 student versions and 1 big book
version. A digital version with audio will be available on www.fossweb.com
Currently, the Delta and Seeds content readers are not available in digital or audio format.
Delta Education and FOSS are proven leaders in elementary hands-on science programs and informational text.
FOSS is a research-based program, originally funded by the National Science Foundation. Each FOSS module is field
tested in many classrooms around the country. FOSS is used in over 100,000 classrooms in the United States.
On www.fossweb.com (Third Edition), you will find an e-Guide for the teacher, e-Science Resources for students,
interactive whiteboard resources, virtual simulations, tutorials, pdfs of Teacher Resources chapters, information
for parents, Teacher Preparation videos and additional resources.
Virtual labs to support the instructional design of each module are found on www.fossweb.com
FOSS is an inquiry-based program with hands-on investigation as the foundation for learning science concepts.
Quantity of graphics in
Nature of Science
The nature and practices of science are embedded into the instructional design of each investigation. Students of
FOSS are scientists conducting investigations, working with data, reading and writing about concepts and
Streaming videos for each unit are located on www.fossweb.com
Study guides for the
Active reading guides
Students’ notebooks serve as study guides and a record of learning experiences in the program.
Directions for guided reading of the FOSS Science Resources and Delta content readers are provided.
Quantity of graphic
Fountas & Pinnell
5-E Lesson Model
Real world connections
Teachers are encouraged to have students use graphic organizers in their science notebooks. Suggestions for using
graphic organizers are sometimes included in the investigation lesson plans. Additional support for using graphic
organizers can be found in the Teacher Resources binder, Science-Centered Language Development chapter.
In FOSS, students develop vocabulary as they develop conceptual understanding. Strategies for introducing
vocabulary are embedded within FOSS lessons and scaffolds are provided in the Science-Centered Language
Development chapter found in the Teacher Resources binder.
FOSS books are not leveled.
Delta and Seeds of Science content readers are leveled using Fountas and Pinnell Matching Books to Readers
Kindergarten assessment is embedded through the investigations. Teachers observe students at centers and
science notebook entries to assess understanding. In grades 1-2, teachers observe students during active
investigation, assess science notebook entries, and provide formally assess with I-checks for each investigation.
FOSS, Third Edition uses a multimodal approach to science processes and content, using concrete (hands-on),
representation (illustrations, models, and diagrams) and symbolic (text-based) representations.
Although not explicitly written using the 5-E Model, when going through the instructional design of each
investigation, model users will be able to identify the five phases of the model.
FOSS utilizes text, video, and outdoor experiences to help students connect science concepts learned in a
classroom to the real world.
I-checks for grades 1 and 2 are available for each investigation in a module.
Depth of information on
Questions using higher
levels of Bloom’s
to VA. SOL test
Lessons broken into
short discrete elements
Formative (embedded) assessments include teacher observation, student performance, and science notebook
Grades 1-2, Investigation I-checks
FOSS supports deep understanding of science concepts and addresses several SOLS deeply. FOSS does not address
all SOLs, thus the use of selected Delta and Seeds of Science content readers provide additional coverage of SOLs.
In the Investigation Guide, “Teaching Children” sections provide teachers insight into conceptions and
misconceptions that students have at a developmental stage. This information is based on the research and field
testing of the modules with students across the country.
Questions using a wide variety of thinking processes are included within the flow of the lesson and to support
student discourse and classroom discussions.
On www.fossweb.com, students may receive additional instructional support through the use of the virtual
investigations, e-Science Resource book, streaming videos, and virtual tutorials.
FOSS is a kit-based science program that incorporates reading, writing, technology, the environment and
assessment into the instructional design.
FOSS Investigations for grades K-2 can be implemented in whole-class settings or in centers. FOSS provides
suggested breakpoints for investigations that may require extensive time.