Energy and Electromagnetism Home School Connection

Hello teachers, students, and families:

FOSS offers a number of ways to get parents involved in their child's science education:

Home/School Connections for School Closures:

Download a copy of the following:

  • Week 1: Energy and Electromagnetism Home/School Connections Week 1 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Week 2: Energy and Electromagnetism Home/School Connections Week 2 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Week 3: Energy and Electromagnetism Home/School Connections Week 3 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Week 4: Energy and Electromagnetism Home/School Connections Week 4 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Everyday Outside Challenge in English or Spanish.

Home/School Connections PDF

Download a copy of the following:

  • Energy and Electromagnetism Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Energy and Electromagnetism Math Extensions PDF in English or Spanish.

Inside the PDF you'll find:

  • Letter to Parents

    Each FOSS module includes a letter to parents to tell you what your child will be doing in the investigations at school and to share ways that you can develop your child's scientific interests at home.

  • Home/School Connections

    There are many ways to extend your child's science experiences at home and to have fun together. We have developed a Home/School Connection for five investigations in the Energy and Electromagnetism module. These require little or no materials from home.

    Investigation 1: Students inventory electric fixtures and appliances in their homes and total the number of watts consumed by the bulbs.

    Investigation 2: Students are invited to look inside broken electric and electronic devices such as a calculator, remote control, walkie-talkie, or electronic toy to see some advanced circuits. This activity requires adult supervision. For students who don't have an old electronic device, the challenge is to draw a picture of a circuit with two light bulbs in parallel in series with a third light bulb.

    Investigation 3: Students are encouraged to find out how magnets are used around the home and to use their imaginations to invent something new that uses magnets.

    Investigation 4: Students read a few paragraphs about electricity in the home, fuses and circuit breakers and their purpose. Students are asked to locate where the electricity enters the home, a fuse or circuit-breaker box to find out how many circuits there are, and to draw a lamp's circuit. Locating the circuit breaker box should be done with adult supervision.

    Investigation 5: Students use a mirror to observe the apparent movement of the Sun.