Living Systems 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:

  • Week 1: Living Systems Home/School Connections Week 1 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Week 2: Living Systems Home/School Connections Week 2 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Week 3: Living Systems Home/School Connections Week 3 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Week 4: Living Systems Home/School Connections Week 4 PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Everyday Outside Challenge in English or Spanish.

Home/School Connections PDF

Download a copy of the following:

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 investigations in the Living Systems module. These require little or no materials from home.

    Investigation 1: Systems—Students are creating a worm-composting bin the classroom. At home students make a list of the kitchen waste that their home produces that redworms could eat and would be good to use in a worm bin.

    Investigation 2: Nutrient Systems—Students and their families use a stethoscope or make their own listening device to list to the body's internal systems.

    Investigation 3: Transport Systems—Students investigate the transport systems of plants using colored water.

    Investigation 4: Sensory Systems—Students determine how quickly they and family members can respond to a visual stimulus by using a response timer.

New COVID-19 Assignment (updated 5/08/2020)

FOSS has developed two 5-day lesson plans about the novel virus SARS-CoV-2 for you to use with science students in grades 5-8. These lessons are suitable for students who have reliable Internet access at home. If students do not have home access to technology, see the documents for suggested modifications.

Lesson 1 (in English or Spanish) is divided into 5 different topics.

  1. What is a virus?
  2. How does SARS-CoV-19 spread in humans?
  3. What is exponential growth?
  4. What do we know and not know about SARS-CoV-19?
  5. What are scientists doing to stop SARS-CoV-19?

Lesson 2 (in English or Spanish) is divided into 5 different topics.

  1. Research updates from April 2020
  2. Treating the disease: COVID-19 antiviral treatments
  3. Preventing the disease: SARS-CoV-2 vaccine
  4. Profile of Dr. Corbett
  5. Using models to think about what's next