Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Home School Connection Pebbles, Sand, and Silt 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 Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Home/School Connection PDF in English or Spanish.
  • Download a copy of the Pebbles, Sand, and Silt 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 the investigations in the Pebbles, Sand, and Silt Module. These require little or no materials from home.

    • Investigation 1: First Rocks— Students and family members invent a game that uses rocks. Games should use the properties of rocks students have at home. Students will need to enlist the aid of a family member to help write their directions to share in class.

    • Investigation 2: River Rocks— At home, families reinforce the concept of size sequencing with a game of I Spy.

    • Investigation 3: Using Rocks— Students become field-trip leaders as they take their families on asearch for rocks in use.

    • Investigation 4: Soil and Water— At home, students become "soil engineers" as they compare "perc tests" to determine water retention of soil in two locations.



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.

  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:

    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.