Life Skills Resources

Dry & Moist Heat Cooking Methods Lesson & Lab


I find that most students don’t know the difference between dry and moist cooking methods. This lesson and lab help them to understand the difference and explore the various ways that the same food can be prepared using different methods. Students enjoy the interactive activities within the lesson as well as preparing and tasting vegetables as they practice and apply some of the techniques. This lesson also incorporates the vocabulary tool Quizlet which helps students learn their terms in an interactive way. Students actually ask me to use Quizlet on a regular basis to learn and assess terms.

Living in Poverty Lesson & Activities

unemployed man

While listening to the news on the radio, it was announced that in Pennsylvania 1 in every 5 children lives below the poverty level. I’m sure this number varies from one state to the next but I thought it to be a rather scary statistic. This lesson and the included activities has students learning about poverty, what causes it, and an engaging simulation to see how easy it could be for some to live in poverty no matter how hard they try to avoid it.

Consumer Rights & Panera Bread


Panera Bread has taken a stand to raise the bar and become transparent in their new campaign to offer consumers the best nutritional quality possible. They even put their promise out there for the whole country to see in the form of a letter, ads and commercials. As I read the letter and watched the commercials, I was impressed with the measures they are taking and think it’s a great example of our consumer rights in action. That’s why I am using it as a realistic way to reinforce the consumer rights with my students, as well as include non-fiction reading and writing into my curriculum.

Project Brainstorm: Let us help you! This month’s topic is Stress

Project Brainstorm

We are going to pose a topic and ask you to “help us help you” by just sharing one thing you did whether it be an activity, a video clip, infographic, reading, TPT product, etc. when teaching that topic. We believe everyone will win in the end as you’ll have a new lesson or at least a lot of new ideas and resources to pull from.

Social Media: Helpful or Harmful?

What do sharpie marker designs on fabric swatches and social media posts have in common? Can your social media profiles impact your future employment? This was an object lesson activity and question I posed to my new Careers class talking about employment and interviews. As with many topics, there are always two sides, positives and negatives, and this topic was no different. Needless to say it led to some very interesting discussion. This lesson explores both sides of the topic in more detail, challenging students to explore and evaluate their own social media activity and how it might potentially impact their future opportunities.

Lesson Ideas: Consequences of Teenage Intimacy

Premarital Sex Consequence Activity 400

As the result of last month’s “Project Brainstorm” activity, Cheryl, a veteran Family and Consumer Science Teacher from Ohio submitted a whole bunch of activities and resources that she uses with her students. We thought they deserve special attention, so take a look and see if there are any ideas you might want to use with your students.

Healthy Living Infographic

Underage Drinking Infographic

Tired of posters or PowerPoint presentations? This activity allows students to create their own infographic based on statistics and facts found on the Centers for Disease Control. An infographic is a visual way to represent facts and information. There are a few free sites that have templates to create infographics quickly. This mini project allows students to practice using data and creating graphs.

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!

Life Skills Textbooks

Applying Life Skills Prepare your students for success and life with Glencoe’s Applying Life Skills! Projects ensure that all students can learn and understand through hands-on applications. Vital Financial Literacy activities with math integration give students the practice they need,…

Perfect for Your Classroom: A Politically Neutral Novel about Teenage Pregnancy (sponsored post)

Every so often I will write a sponsored post. I allow companies who have products or services that I think would be helpful to you as readers advertise through a sponsored post.

The book, Butterflies in May, is a story about teen pregnancy that can be used in your classroom. Bancroft Publishing would like to give you complimentary copy to review.