FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Ideas and Inventions (2nd Ed.)


The Ideas and Inventions Module consists of four sequential investigations that promote student creativity and inventiveness. Each investigation provides valuable science content while introducing a conventional technique for revealing the unseen.


  • Use techniques to see details about the world that would otherwise be difficult to observe.
  • Explore the techniques of chromatography, rubbing, carbon printing, and mirror imagery.
  • Solve problems using the techniques of chromatography and carbon printing.
  • Record and compare patterns observed in leaf veins, fingerprints, and ink pigments.
  • Gain experience with texture and pattern in a variety of materials.
  • Express individual and group creativity through open-ended discoveries and inventions.
  • Invent applications to extend the use of specific techniques.
  • Acquire the vocabulary associated with texture and patterns of materials and exercise language in the context of science.
  • Use scientific thinking processes to conduct investigations and build explanations: observing, communicating, comparing, and organizing.

For a description of each investigation in the Ideas and Inventions Module and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the Module Overview PDF.

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