Pebbles, Sand, and Silt 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 Pebbles, Sand, and Silt 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 the four investigations in Pebbles, Sand, and Silt. These require little or no materials from home. Young children will need a parent, grandparent, or a big brother or sister to help read the directions and play along. There are also other At-Home Activities for each investigation for use during COVID-19 school year 2020-21.

  • Investigation 1: First Rocks
    Home School Connection—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.
    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: River Rocks
    Home School Connection—At home, families reinforce the concept of size sequencing with a game of I Spy.
    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: Using Rocks
    Home School Connection—Students become field-trip leaders as they take their families on a search for rocks in use.
    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: Soil and Water
    Home School Connection—At home, students become “soil engineers” as they compare “perc tests” to determine water retention of soil in two locations.
    Download a copy of the Investigation 4 Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
    Download Other At-Home Activities for Investigation 4 PDF in English or Spanish.
Math Extensions for Each Investigation

Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Math Extensions PDF in English or Spanish.

Parents can use the Guidance for Using Math Extensions PDF (coming soon) to help with the math extensions at home.