Insects and Plants Home School Connection

Hello teachers, students, and families:

FOSS offers a number of ways to get parents involved in their child's science education:

Home/School Connections for School Closures:

Download a copy of the following:

  • Lo-Tech activities for all Investigations in English or Spanish.
  • Week 1: Insects and Plants Home/School Connections Week 1 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Week 2: Insects and Plants Home/School Connections Week 2 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Week 3: Insects and Plants Home/School Connections Week 3 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Week 4: Insects and Plants Home/School Connections Week 4 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Everyday Outside Challenge in English or Spanish.

Home/School Connections PDF

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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 five investigations in the Insects and Plants module. These require little or no materials from home.

    Investigation 1: Students act as reporters when they bring home the latest classroom news to their families. They introduce their new classroom insects and write three observations or facts they have discovered to share with their families.
    Investigation 2: Students and their families are asked to find plants related to the Brassica rapa plants they are growing in class. Many can be found in the produce section at the local market. Newspaper ads or a seed catalog will have pictures of these plants.
    Investigation 3: Students will be discovering insects on the playground, at home,and everywhere they go. The home/school connection for this investigation suggests ways for safely collecting, caring for, and observing insects found in the wild. Students should go on an insect search with adult supervision. Remind them to wash their hands after collecting insects in their neighborhoods.
    Investigation 4: Students look around at home and in their yards for evidence that insects or related small animals are around (spider webs or plant leaves eaten and showing holes). Students should go on an insect search with adult supervision and be aware of hazardous plants or stinging organisms. Remind them to wash their hands after collecting insects.
    Investigation 5: Students create their own imaginary insects with craft materials they find at home. They can choose to make one anatomically correct insect or an imaginary insect. What will it eat? How will it drink? Does it fly or crawl? Students will have fun creating the story of the life of their unique insect species.