Sometimes the non-school related blogs I follow do a blog hopping where they share other people’s blogs. I thought that would be a great idea to do this with Family & Consumer Science teachers who write their own blogs. The featured blog in this post belongs to Kayla Pins, a Health and Family & Consumer Sciences teacher, who hails from Iowa and teaches grades 7-12 at Cascade Jr.-Sr. High School. I email interviewed Kayla some questions about her blog…so read on to learn more and see some of the impressive lessons she has to offer!
Category: Clothing Resources
Roll an Ugly Sweater with the Elements of Design
What started out as a crazy contest for holiday parties, has evolved into a huge seasonal highlight! So, why not incorporate a little “ugly sweater” into your classroom fun? Students are always a little hyper, energetic (aka bouncing off the walls) and enthusiastic this time of year anyway, so why not encourage them to put those energies into creating an “ugly sweater”? The thing is, this activity is actually meant to be somewhat educational, incorporating the elements of design. However, I’ve taken a few creative liberties with them in order to stay consistent with the theme and the time of the year! So, give it a try and if you have any suggestions to make it better, please let me know in the comments below.
Reading List for the FACS Classroom
Many schools are encouraging their students to read beyond the English class. This can easily be done in the FACS classroom as there are so many great books that can be incorporated into the various content areas of family consumer sciences. Below you will find a compiled list of books recommended by content area. If you have any additional “reads” that you use in your FACS classroom that should be included, please add them in the comment section below.
Technology, Sewing & Fashion: What’s New?
t’s amazing how technology can influence and change our perception and creativity of things, including sewing and fashion! If you teach sewing and/or fashion, below are some ideas of how technology has influenced or become a part of the art. At one time these ideas may have existed only in our imaginations and now they are reality! If you know of other ideas or resources available, please share via the comment section below.
Body Shapes & Redesigning Barbie Project
We all come in different shapes and sizes so why shouldn’t Barbie? As early as March we will be seeing different shapes and sizes of Barbie on toy shelves in stores across the country. This lesson and project is not about which body shape is best, but about the diversity in body shapes that exists and the beauty in all of them.This lesson and project look at the various body shapes and has students designing their own realistic version of Barbie complete with outfit just like Mattel did. Who knows, students may see themselves sitting on those shelves in the future if they submit their ideas to Mattel, as they continue to reinvent the product in this ingenious marketing strategy that’s been a long time coming!
Sewing PowerPoints, Worksheets, Curriculum & Links
Extra Credit Sewing Project Extra Credit Form (Word) Lesson Plans Clothing 1 Sample Notebook Clothing 2 Sample Notebook Equipment Bag Equipment Identification Fabric Construction Chart Measuring Up! Natural Fiber Chart Pattern Layout Polar Fleece Socks Pressing and Seam Finishes…
Clothing & Fashion Design PowerPoints, Worksheets & Links
Lesson Plans Short Pants Pattern & Tutorial Want to Teach Ethical Fashion to Kids, Here’s How Links Sewing Machine Parts Online Quiz 4-H Curriculum License 2 Drive (PDF) – sewing on the lines Puppet Party(PDF) – sewing a puppet
Family Consumer Science Catalogs of Supplies
If you’re like most schools you have to order supplies through companies that take Purchase Orders. It can be so frustrating ordering through catalogs when you can get supplies cheaper locally, nonetheless here are some catalogs that provide FACS supplies.