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FOSS Pathways Energy Collection


The Energy Module has four investigations that focus on the concepts that energy is present whenever there is motion, electric current, sound, light, or heat, and that energy can transfer from one place to other. Five anchor phenomena drive the investigations.

  • Anchor phenomenon 1—solar lights working and not working
  • Anchor phenomenon 2—sending and receiving text messages
  • Anchor phenomenon 3—knocking down bowling pins
  • Anchor phenomenon 4—unable to see during power outage
  • Anchor phenomenon 5—moving up and down

    Students investigate electricity and magnetism as related effects and engage in engineering design to convert energy from one form to another. They gather information about how energy is derived from natural resources and how that affects the environment and explore alternative sources of energy such as solar energy. They investigate how the amount of energy transfer changes when balls of different masses hit a stationary object. Students explore energy transfer through waves (repeating patterns of motion) that result in sound and motion. Students interpret data to build explanations from evidence and make predictions of future events. They develop models to represent how energy moves from place to place in electric circuits and in waves. Students gain experiences that will contribute to the understanding of crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; systems and system models; and energy and matter.


FOSS Curriculum:

  • Allows students to be active investigators instead of passive learners
  • Is built around firsthand exploration of relevant phenomena using classroom-proven theories and practices to engage all students
  • Aligned to NGSS, Framework for K to 12 Science, and Common Core standards
  • Provides unmatched professional learning, including hands-on & virtual teacher workshops

Resources available in this collection include:

  • Comprehensive hands-on equipment kits made exclusively for FOSS
  • Investigations Guide (Teacher Edition Book) core instructional hardcover spiral-bound book provides educators with the support to successfully facilitate the investigations - available in print and digital
  • Teacher Resources with educative support to effectively teach standards - available in digital
  • FOSS Science Resources book (Student Edition Book) for students to build expository reading skills and highlight STEM careers - available in print and digital
  • Accessibility options to the interactive digital resources on the ThinkLink™ platform for effective planning and engaged learning
  • Spanish teaching and learning resources – available in print and digital
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