Environments Summary
Hello Parents and Teachers:

Home/School Connections PDF

FOSS offers a number of ways to get parents involved in their child's science education. The FOSS at Home Folio includes short descriptions of several ways to bridge from classroom to home. Download the folio for the Environments module in English or in Spanish. To view or print the FOSS at Home PDF, you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in. Acrobat Reader is available free at https://www.adobe.com.

Download a copy of the Environments Home/School Connection PDF in English or in Spanish. To view or print the Home/School Connection PDF, you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in. Acrobat Reader is available free at https://www.adobe.com.

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.

  • Project Ideas, Proposal, and Presentation Guidelines

    At the end of the last investigation in most modules, students have the opportunity to follow their interests and conduct a related investigation of their own design or do a small research project. The student sheets for project ideas, planning, and presentations are included in the pdf.

  • Math Problem of the Week

    Each investigation has a Math Problem of the Week. The teacher may provide classroom time for students to work on these and share their thinking or the problems may be assigned as homework. We have included the duplication masters for the math problems (but not the possible solutions) in the pdf.

  • 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 Environments Module. These require little or no materials from home.

    Investigation 1: Terrestrial Environments—Make a list of living and nonliving environmental factors found in your home
    Investigation 2: Bugs and Beetles—Go on a safari in your home to find insects
    Investigation 3: Water Tolerance—Determine the optimal environment for growing a plant in your home
    Investigation 4: Aquatic Environments—Explore an aquatic environment near your home
    Investigation 5: Brine Shrimp Hatching—Raise a colony of brine shrimp