Living Systems Home School Connection 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.
  • Using the FOSS Career Database for Science and Engineering in English or Spanish (coming soon).

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 five investigations in the Living Systems. 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

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:

    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.