ACC teachers use the MN science standards to provide science instruction. The Full Option Science System is used to support science instruction.
The Full Option Science System™ (FOSS) philosophy is to engage scholars in science through active learning. Every Full Option Science System (FOSS) investigation follows a similar design to provide multiple exposures to science concepts. The design includes these pedagogies:
- Active investigation, including outdoor experiences
- Recording in science notebooks to answer the focus question
- Reading in FOSS Science Resources
- Assessment to monitor progress and motivate scholar reflection on learning
In practice, these components are seamlessly integrated into a continuum designed to maximize every scholar’s opportunity to learn. An instructional sequence may move from one pedagogy to another and back again to ensure adequate coverage of a concept.