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 Solids and Liquids module here in English or in Spanish. To view or print the FOSS at Home PDF, youmust have the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in. Acrobat Reader is available free at https://www.adobe.com.
Download a copy of the Solids and Liquids 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 four investigations in the Solids and Liquids 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: Solids—Play I Spy a Solid!
- Investigation 2: Liquids—Describe a household liquid!
- Investigation 3: Bits and Pieces—Drop liquids and small solids on different surfaces!
- Investigation 4: Solids and Liquids with Water—Make scientific salad dressing!
Each of the Home/School Connections is just a start—follow your curiosity and the possibilities for discovery are never ending!
- Math Extensions
Math and science go hand in hand. Each Solids and Liquids 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: Solids
- Look for spheres, cylinders, pyramids, and rectangular solids.
- Follow oral logic problems to build towers.
Investigation 2: Liquids
- Graph the amount of water different containers can hold.
- Add up the cost of solids and liquids at a store.
Investigation 3: Bits and Pieces
- Make a graph of trail-mix ingredients.
- Estimate and test the number of beans you can hold.
Investigation 4: Solids and Liquids with Water
- Time the melting of ice.
- Multiply a recipe by 4.