Category: Foods & Nutrition

Tarsia Puzzles for Foods Class

Studies show that students who actually engage with hands-on learning are more likely to remember information, stay focused and increase brain activity! Tarsia Puzzles for Foods Class are a great way for students manipulate pieces to review and/or apply content. Included below are several that I created for use with all age groups. What ways can you think to use Tarsia Puzzles?

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Bloomin’ Garden Toast Breakfast Lab: Part II

If you tuned into the website last week, you found the Breakfast Lesson: Part I featuring the Rule of 3. Today’s post features the corresponding Bloomin’ Garden Toast Breakfast Lab: Part II. This lab not only follows the rule of 3, but incorporates knife skills and creativity all within a 43 minute period!

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Breakfast Lesson: Part I

Who knew there could be so much information out there to teach about breakfast, but there is! I guess when you’re deemed the “most important meal of the day,” there’s a lot to learn and/or teach! In this “Breakfast Lesson: Part I,” the theory behind why breakfast matters and how to create a healthy breakfast will be shared. A lab applying the information will be shared in Part II, so you’ll have to stay tuned!

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MRE Kits: Chopped Challenge

During an inservice, our local National Guard did a presentation for us on how they could be a post-secondary option for students upon graduation. They also shared some opportunities they could offer the school such as knocker balls, rock climbing walls and my favorite…the MRE Kits: Chopped Challenge. Keep reading to learn more about this fun event!

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$10 Meal Challenge Project

Beth Beattie, of Missouri, shares this $10 Meal Challenge Project inspired by the Iowa State Fair! During this past year, her sons were mesmerized by the Iowa State University Extension office’s $10 meal challenge offered to all 4-H members. This project is Beth’s reinterpretation of it. So, if you’re looking for an engaging project to combine food budgets, MyPlate and a family meal, be sure to take a look!

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WIC Healthy Meal Challenge

In an effort to add gamification components to her courses and create memorable learning experiences for her students, Jennifer Estes, a North Carolina FACS teacher, created this WIC Healthy Meal Challenge. You’ll have to check out this lesson as it promotes student engagement, risk taking, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, in addition to covering Jennifer’s course standards!

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Mock Cupcake & Icing Practice

A cake or cupcake decorator I am NOT! Because my talent as well as the talent of many of my students is limited, alot of practice is necessary to help perfect our decorating techniques! Since I don’t want to waste money on actual cupcake and icing ingredients, but I do want my students to practice, this is the perfect solution. The Mock Cupcake & Icing Practice allows students to learn and apply various techniques and it doesn’t cost a fortune in the process!

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Fun with Fondue

Years ago I taught about fondues and this year in my Exploring Foods class, I decided to update an oldie but goodie and add it back into the mix! In this Fun with Fondue lesson and lab, students learn about the history and customs associated with fondues before actually preparing them in the lab. In addition to making fondue, we combined a charcuterie brunch board along with it for a fun, hands-on lab!

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Cross Contact Challenge

This Cross Contact Challenge comes to you from Mindy Richards, a high school Family Consumer Sciences teacher, from Arizona. Mindy wanted her students to put into practice what they were learning when it came to cross-contact and cross-contamination because of the importance of it in food service. Read on to see what she has her students doing!

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New Quick Bread Activities

I’m trying to put more of the initial investigative work on my students instead of me lecturing. As many of you know, lecturing just doesn’t cut it for very long anymore as you can see the interest level wane right before your eyes! So, instead of me going through a slide deck and having them take notes on quick bread info, I changed things up by creating some new quick bread activities! Read on to see how.

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