Pebbles, Sand, and Silt 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:

  • Lo-Tech activities for all Investigations in English or Spanish.
  • Week 1: Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Home/School Connections Week 1 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Week 2: Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Home/School Connections Week 2 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Week 3: Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Home/School Connections Week 3 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Week 4: Pebbles, Sand, and Silt 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:

  • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt 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 four investigations in the Pebbles, Sand, and Silt module. These require little or no materials from home.

    Investigation 1: Students and family members invent a game that uses rocks. Games should use the properties of rocks students have at home. Students will need to enlist the aid of a family member to help write their directions to share in class.
    Investigation 2: At home, families reinforce the concept of size sequencing with a game of I Spy.
    Investigation 3: Students become field-trip leaders as they take their families on a search for rocks in use.
    Investigation 4: At home, students become "soil engineers" as they compare "perc tests" to determine water retention of soil in two locations.