Plants and Animals 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 Plants and Animals 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 Plants and Animals. 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. There are also other At-Home Activities for each investigation for use during COVID-19 school year 2020-21.

  • Investigation 1: Grass and Grain Seeds
    Home School Connection—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.
    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: Stems
    Home School Connection—Students and their families look for edible stems at the grocery store.
    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: Terrariums
    Home School Connection—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.
    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: Growth and Change
    Home School Connection—Students are asked to finish a story about Henry, who wants to help his family and is given a potato, a carrot and some seeds by a farmer.
    Download a copy of the Investigation 4 Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
    Download Other At-Home Activities for Investigation 4 PDF in English or Spanish.
Math Extensions for Each Investigation

Plants and Animals 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.