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Appendix B Exemplary Elementary Science Curriculum Materials ~ he following curriculum mate- rials meet the criteria outlined in Chapter 5. Materials such as these can create a solid framework around which to build an ex- emplary elementary science program. Full Option Science System (FOSS). FOSS Program, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720. Phone: (510) 642-S941; fax: (510) 642-1055. Distributed by Ency- clopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation, 310 South Michi- ~n Ave (ethical. IL 60604. Phone: (800) 554-9862. ~) ~ 7 ~ The FOSS program is designed to engage students in actively con- structing scientific concepts through multisensory, han(ls-on labo- ratory activities. The K-6 curriculum comprises 27 modules: five kindergarten modules organized under topics in the life and phys- ical sciences; six motluTes for grades ~ and 2 in the areas of life, physical, and earth sciences; and 16 modules for grades 3 to 6 in the life, physical, en cl earth sciences, as well as in scientific reason- ing and technology. Students in grades 1 and 2 explore three mocl- ules per year, while students in grades 3 to 6 use four mocluTes per year. A multimedia component is available; it is marketed as the Britannica Science System. Development of the FOSS program was funclecl by the National Science Foundation. 214
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Exemplary Elementary Science Curriculum Matenals Improving Urban Elementary Science (Insights). Education De- velopment Center, Inc., 55 Chapel St., Newton, MA 02160. Phone: (617) 969-7100 or (800) 225-4276; fax: (617) 965-6325. Distributed by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 4050 Westmark Drive, P.O. Box lS40~ Dubuque, IA 52004-1840. Phone: (800) 542-6657. Insights is a curriculum program made up of 17 modules for grades K through 6, each requiring six to eight weeks to complete. The modules help develop students' understanding of science and en- courage problem-solving skills. Topics reflect a balance of life, phys- ical, and earth sciences and can integrate science with other areas of the curriculum, especially language arts and mathematics. The activities in this program support cultural, racial, and linguistic di- versity. Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation. Science and Technology for Children (STC). National Science Re- sources Center, Arts and Industries Building, Room 1201, Smith- sonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560. Phone: (202) 357-2555; fax: (202) 78~2028. Distributed by Carolina Biological Supply Com- pany, 2700 York Rd.. Burlington. NC 27215. Phone: (800) 227-1150. ~O ~ The STC program consists of a series of 24 inquiry-centered cur- ricuTum modules for grades 1 through 6, with 4 units at each grade level. The modules cover life, earth, and physical sciences and de- sign technology. The technological applications of science and the interactions among science, technology, and society are addressed throughout the program. The modules are designed to involve children in hancls-on, inquiry-based investigations of scientific phenomena. Development of scientific reasoning skills is empha- sized. Major support for the STC program has been provided by the National Science Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Dow Chemical Company Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Ed- ucation. Other contributors include E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, the Amoco Foundation, Inc., and the Hewlett-Packard Company. 215