Hello parents and teachers:
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 Variables module here 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 Variables 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 three investigations in the Variables Module. These require little or no materials from home.
- Investigation 1: Swingers—Experiment with pendulums
- Investigation 2: Lifeboats—Try to get the most "passengers" on a raft
- Investigation 3: Plane Sense—Make a paper airplane and learn tricks to flying it