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FOSS is a research-based science curriculum for grades K–8 developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. FOSS is also an ongoing research project dedicated to improving the learning and teaching of science. The FOSS project began over 20 years ago during a time of growing concern that our nation was not providing young students with an adequate science education. The FOSS program materials are designed to meet the challenge of providing meaningful science education for all students in diverse American classrooms and to prepare them for life in the 21st century.

In the Wood and Paper Module students are introduced to a wide variety of woods and papers in a systematic way. They will observe the properties of these materials and discover what happens when they are subjected to a number of tests and interactions with other materials. Students learn that wood and paper can be recycled to create new forms of paper or wood that have new properties. Finally, they use what they know about the properties of these marvelous materials as they change wood and paper into a variety of products. Throughout the module, students have ample opportunities to make comparisons between different kinds of wood, different types of paper, and wood and paper. The concept of trees as natural resources is introduced.


  • Develop a growing curiosity and interest in the physical world around them.
  • Observe and describe the properties of different kinds of wood and paper.
  • Compare different kinds of wood and paper to discover how they are alike and how they are different.
  • Observe interactions of wood and paper with water and other substances.
  • Become aware of natural resources in our world.
  • Communicate observations.
  • Acquire the vocabulary associated with the properties of materials.

Click here for some fun and interactive science related activities for your child.

Click here for a link to the vocabulary introduced and studied during the "Wood and Paper" Science Unit.


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