Hello teachers, students, and families:
FOSS offers a number of ways to get parents involved in their child's science education:
- Download a copy of the Weather on Earth Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
- Download a copy of the Weather on Earth Math Extensions PDF in English or Spanish.
- Everyday Outside Challenge 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 three investigations in the Weather on Earth. These require little or no materials from home.
Investigation 1: Students gather local weather data for 5 days to compare the forecast to the actual weather.
Investigation 2: Students look at seed packets or seed catalogs to find out how many days it takes for some of their favorite vegetables to bear fruit.They count each day as a "sun day" and compare the results for different plants.
Investigation 3: Students make an evaporation system at home that demonstrates the process of evaporation. They check weather reports to compare humidity in different locations in the United States.
Investigation 4: Students investigate the energy sources their families use to heat water. They compare their family's energy usage as found on a utility bill with some average figures determined for electric and gas water heaters. They consider some ways to cut down on the use of hot water as a way to conserve energy use.
FOSS has developed two 5-day lesson plans about the novel virus SARS-CoV-2 for you to use with science students in grades 5-8. These lessons are suitable for students who have reliable Internet access at home. If students do not have home access to technology, see the documents for suggested modifications.
- What is a virus?
- How does SARS-CoV-19 spread in humans?
- What is exponential growth?
- What do we know and not know about SARS-CoV-19?
- What are scientists doing to stop SARS-CoV-19?
Lesson 2 (in English or Spanish (coming soon)) is divided into 5 different topics.
- Research updates from April 2020
- Treating the disease: COVID-19 antiviral treatments
- Preventing the disease: SARS-CoV-2 vaccine
- Profile of Dr. Corbett
- Using models to think about what's next