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 Air and Weather 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 Air and Weather Home/School Connection PDF in English or in Spanish. To view or to 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 Air and Weather 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: Exploring Air—Describe or invent a toy that uses air!
- Investigation 2: Observing Weather—Make a cloud window!
- Investigation 3: Wind Explorations—Make a whirligig!
- Investigation 4: Looking for Change—Finish the story of Harry's All-Weather Wardrobe!
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 Air and Weather 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: Exploring Air
- Make number sentences from a graph of air toys.
- Determine how many students can share materials at the science center.
Investigation 2: Observing Weather
- Count by twos on a thermometer.
- Count by twos or multiply to estimate the rainfalls in a year.
Investigation 3: Wind Explorations
- Graph the speed of wind and animals, then make comparisons.
- Have a kite-making party! How many materials will you need?
Investigation 4: Looking for Change
- Add up the rainfall in three towns and compare.
- Graph temperatures recorded in 2 weeks, then determine which were recorded in winter and which in summer.