Insects and Plants Home School Connection

Hello families:

FOSS offers a number of ways to get parents involved in their child's science education during school year 2020-21.

Letter to Families—School Year 2020–2021

Download a copy of the Letter to Families—School Year 2020–2021 PDF in English or Spanish.

Everyday Outside Challenge in English or Spanish.

Letter to Parents about the Module

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. This will be very important during School Year 2020-21.

Download a copy of the Insects and Plants Letter to Parents about the Module PDF in English or Spanish.

Home/School Connection and Other At-Home Activities for each Investigation

We have developed a Home/School Connection for four investigations in Insects and Plants. There are also other At-Home Activities for each investigation for use during COVID-19 school year 2020-21. These require little or no materials from home.

  • Investigation 1: Mealworms
    Home School Connection—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.
    Download a copy of the Investigation 1 Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
    Download Other At-Home Activities for Investigation 1 PDF in English or Spanish.

  • Investigation 2: Brassica Seeds
    Home School Connection—Students and their families are asked to find plants related to the Brassica plants they are growing in class. Many can be found in the produce section.
    Download a copy of the Investigation 2 Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
    Download Other At-Home Activities for Investigation 2 PDF in English or Spanish.

  • Investigation 3: Milkweed Bugs
    Home School Connection—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.
    Download a copy of the Investigation 3 Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
    Download Other At-Home Activities for Investigation 3 PDF in English or Spanish.

  • Investigation 4: Silkworms
    Home School Connection—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.
    Download a copy of the Investigation 4 Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.

  • Investigation 5: Butterflies
    Home School Connection—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.
    Download a copy of the Investigation 1 Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
    Download Other At-Home Activities for Investigation 5 PDF in English or Spanish.
Math Extensions for Each Investigation

Insects and Plants Math Extensions PDF in English or Spanish.

Parents can use the Guidance for Using Math Extensions PDF (coming soon) to help with the math extensions at home.