Plants and Animals 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:

Home/School Connections PDF

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

  • Download a copy of the Plants and Animals Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Download a copy of the Plants and Animals Math Extensions PDF in English and Spanish.

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 four investigations in the Plants and Animals module. These require little or no materials from home.

    Investigation 1: Students look for examples of grains in their own homes. They list the examples they find or bring in a labeled sample or two for a class display of grains.

    Investigation 2: Students and their families look for edible stems at the grocery store.

    Investigation 3: Students take home directions for making a simple terrarium from a 2 L plastic bottle. They can use the terrarium to continue growing their stem cuttings, or they can grow their own plants from seeds, potatoes, or yard transplants. In the next investigation students will start new plants from bulbs and roots, which could be continued at home in the terrariums.

    Investigation 4: Families read a story starter to their children and have them write their own conclusions.