Author: K.Graybill

Kim Graybill is a veteran Family and Consumer Science teacher who teaches both middle and high school in Pennsylvania.

Family Birth Order

Study after study shows that birth order plays a huge role in developing one’s personality. Each birth order position has a unique set of characteristics. This lesson engages every student in the class because everyone has a birth order position…

Strong Family Traits Inspired by Duck Dynasty

There’s a lot of buzz out there about this popular TV show called “Duck Dynasty” so I decided to watch it and discovered that it would be a great show to illustrate the traits of a strong family. This lesson introduces the traits of strong families to students, helps them recognize the traits in their own families as well as others, and then students create a PSA to help spread the word on the importance of strong families.

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…

Welcome to the World: Labor & Delivery Common Core Style

At the beginning of this school year, at an in-service program, we were asked by our administrators to do three things within our respective curriculums. One: Implement more projects. Two: Use more technology. Three: Become more multi-disciplined. With that being said I…

Prenatal Nutrition

Eating healthy is always important but especially when you are expecting a child! As a pregnant mom you are your child’s lifeline to good health and nutrition. So remember if you eat junk so does your developing baby, but if…

Sensory Play

From birth children begin to learn about their world through their senses. Research even tells us that sensory play contributes to brain development. This lesson focuses on why caregivers need to provide sensory rich environments for children and challenges students…

Quesadillas: A Nutrient Dense Mixed Food Lesson & Lab

When teaching about the food groups in MyPlate I find it’s also important to explain the concepts of mixed foods, empty calories and nutrient dense foods. Junior high students are often confused as to what these terms actually mean. After…

Decision Making Lesson & Group Activity

For years I struggled with how to teach decision making more interactively. I wanted students to know and understand the process and be able to apply it to important decisions in their lives, but I also wanted an activity where students…

Timetoast Timeline Technology

Timetoast.com is an easy to use and free web technology that allows your students to create interactive timelines for historical data, life events, stories and research projects. There are many opportunities to use it in the Family and Consumer Science classroom.

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day!

If we’ve heard it once we’ve heard it a thousand times…BREAKFAST is the most important meal of the day! Eating a healthy breakfast benefits us in many ways such as providing nutrients and energy, maintaining weight, boosting metabolism, and helping…