Energy and Electromagnetism Home School Connection

Hello families:

FOSS offers a number of ways to get parents involved in their child's science education during school year 2020-21.

Letter to Families—School Year 2020–2021

Download a copy of the Letter to Families—School Year 2020–2021 PDF in English or Spanish.

Everyday Outside Challenge in English or Spanish.

Letter to Parents about the Module

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. This will be very important during School Year 2020-21.

Download a copy of the Energy and Electromagnetism Letter to Parents about the Module PDF in English or Spanish.

Home/School Connection and Other At-Home Activities for each Investigation

We have developed a Home/School Connection for four investigations in Energy and Electromagnetism. These require little or no materials from home. There are also other At-Home Activities for each investigation for use during COVID-19 school year 2020-21.

  • Investigation 1: Energy and Circuits
    Home School Connection—Students inventory electric fixtures and appliances in their homes and total the number of watts consumed by the bulbs.
    Download a copy of the Investigation 1 Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
    Download Other At-Home Activities for Investigation 1 PDF in English or Spanish.

  • Investigation 2: Series and Parallel
    Home School Connection—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.
    Download a copy of the Investigation 2 Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
    Download Other At-Home Activities for Investigation 2 PDF in English or Spanish.

  • Investigation 3: The Force of Magnetism
    Home School Connection—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.
    Download a copy of the Investigation 3 Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
    Download Other At-Home Activities for Investigation 3 PDF in English or Spanish.

  • Investigation 4: Electromagnetism
    Home School Connection—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.
    Download a copy of the Investigation 4 Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
    Download Other At-Home Activities for Investigation 4: Energy Transfer PDF in English or Spanish.

  • Investigation 5: Light Insight
    Home School Connection—Students use a mirror to observe the apparent movement of the Sun.
    Download a copy of the Investigation 5 Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
    Download Other At-Home Activities for Investigation 5 PDF in English or Spanish.
Math Extensions for Each Investigation

Energy and Electromagnetism Math Extensions PDF in English or Spanish.