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 (coming soon).

  • 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 (coming soon).

  • 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 (coming soon).

  • 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 (coming soon).
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.

Information about the Interactive eBooks App

Check with your child’s teacher to see if you can view an electronic version of the FOSS Science Resources book at home. Please be sure to ask your child’s teacher for the FOSSweb class login information.

The FOSS Science Resources Interactive eBook(s) html version can be viewed through an appropriate browser after logging in to FOSSweb. In addition, the FOSS Science Resources Interactive eBook(s) can be downloaded and viewed through the FOSS eBooks app. Install the FOSS eBooks app and download each FOSS Science Resources Interactive eBook onto any devices that you will be using. An Interactive eBook tutorial is available to share with students.

  1. To download the FOSS eBooks app for your device, please click the appropriate link and follow the steps to install.

    Click the appropriate link for your device to download the FOSS eBooks app and follow the steps below to install.


    iOS devices:


    Android devices: (including some Chromebook devices*)

    Get it on Google Play
  2. Once the FOSS eBooks app is downloaded, log into the app using the same username and password provided by the teacher to log in to FOSSweb.

  3. Select which FOSS Science Resources Interactive eBook(s) you want to access through the app and download. Each book will take between 200-400 mB of file space on your device.