New Plants 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 New Plants 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

Download a copy of the New Plants 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

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 four investigations in the New Plants 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: Brassica Seeds—Find brassica relatives at the grocery store!
    Investigation 2: Grass and Grain Seeds—Search out grains at home!
    Investigation 3: Stems—Make a bottle terrarium!
    Investigation 4: Bulbs and Roots—Finish the story of Henry's bright idea!

    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 New Plants 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: Brassica Seeds

    1. Look for patterns of leaves on a stem.
    2. Look for number patterns in a plant growth chart.

    Investigation 2: Grass and Grain Seeds

    1. Sort mixtures of seeds or 15-bean soup mix by their properties.
    2. Make symmetrical designs of leaves and flowers.

    Investigation 3: Stems

    1. Plant one potato and how many will you harvest? Count by fives or solve it by drawing.
    2. If every student grows a plant from stems, how much money will they make at the school sale?

    Investigation 4: Bulbs and Roots

    1. Solve a story problem with addition, subtraction, or drawing.
    2. How many garlic plants can one garlic head produce in 2 years?