Balance and Motion Home/School Connection
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 Balance and Motion 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 Balance and Motion 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.

  • 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 each of the three investigations in the Balance and Motion Module. 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. Check them out!

    Investigation 1: Balance—Balancing tricks to try!
    Investigation 2: Spinners—Homemade zoomers and tops!
    Investigation 3: Rollers—Search for rollers and spinners!

    The ideas in these Home/School Connections are just a start—follow your curiosity and the possibilities for discovery are never ending!

  • Math Extensions

    Math and science go hand in hand. Each Balance and Motion investigation comes with two math extensions for use at home or school. These give students an important opportunity to connect their new scientific vocabulary and concepts to their developing math skills. Math Extension A was developed with first-grade math standards in mind, while Extension B is more suitable for second-grade levels.

    Investigation 1: Balance

    1. How many materials will be needed for four simple mobiles?
    2. How many materials will be needed for ten simple and ten double-layer mobiles?

    Investigation 2: Spinners

    1. Design two tops and add up the cost of the materials.
    2. Use logic and directional clues to line up a series of tops.

    Investigation 3: Rollers

    1. Design runways and estimate their length.
    2. Choose which combination of parts was used to create a runway.