Food Science

Popcorn: “Pop”pourri of Activities


This classic, fun food has been around for over 5000 years, transforms itself into snowflake and mushroom shapes, goes from un-edible to edible when exposed to heat, makes noise and is celebrated every January 19th!  You got it…it’s POPCORN!  These…

Extreme Lesson Plan Make Over: Leavening Agents

Leavening Agent Experiment

Christine, a family and consumer science teacher from New Jersey submitted her leavening agents lesson plan for a makeover. This is what she said about it, “I love that I am attempting to show show the students the food science…

Leavening Agents Lab

Extreme Lesson Plan Submissions

In this lesson, baking soda, baking powder, and yeast are compared and contrasted through lab experimentation with the three leavening agents. Time Frame: 52 Minutes Class Size: 24 Objectives The students will understand which chemical reactions occur that cause baked…

Variations of the Chocolate Chip Cookie to Learn Measuring, Functions of Ingredients and Recipe Literacy

In the 1930’s Ruth Wafefield invented Tollhouse Cookies.  I wonder if she ever thought they’d still be so popular eighty years later and that so many variations of her original recipe would exist.  This demonstration, lesson and lab using two…

Food Borne Illness Animoto Project

This is an investigative project for students to research specific food borne illnesses in more depth and then visually showcase them through Animoto, a free site that turns photos and video clips into professional video slideshows in minutes.

Be Safe not Sorry Cartoon

There are thousands of ways to teach safety and sanitation to your students. This lesson is primarily lecture with fill in the blank notes and a safety cartoon for homework to reinforce what they learned.

Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies

Reverse engineering packaged foods has been a hobby of mine for a few years now. It is fascinating how “they” come up with these products and to see if I can recreate them to make them taste better in my own kitchen. As many of you know and hopefully have tried by now, Subway came introduced their raspberry cheesecake cookies through a free raspberry cheesecake cookie promotion on Valentine’s Day just a month ago. As soon as I tried it I thought it was excellent and immediately wanted to make them in large quantities at home!

Family and Consumer Sciences Course Expectations & Outlines

Need some ideas on how to construct your course or write curriculum? Here are a few examples from other Family Consumer Science programs!

Homemade Sour Gummy Worms

I have always been enamored with figuring out how to make packaged foods from scratch. I also really really like sour gummy worms. So combining my two passions, I decided to figure out how to make these tasty treats from scratch. Hours of trial and error later, I came up with a recipe that tastes good and sour and wins me lots of brownie points with my students.

Fast Food Fanatic Project

There has been a lot of hype and a nation wide stirring about Fast Food over the past couple years thanks to movies like Super Size Me and Food, Inc.
Most recently Fast Food hit the news again as a photographer startled the world with pictures of “the indestructible happy meal” that looked exactly the same for over six months that it was on her shelf the only difference being that it was hard as a rock. So I ask my students to do a similar experiment decomposing fast food in my classroom window, make their own predictions, take pictures, and finally draw their own conclusions.