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!
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.
I never realized how many varieties of biscuits existed before doing my own research for this assignment and demonstration! In the Biscuit Brigade activity, students explore and learn about ten different types of biscuits as they complete notes and answer clue questions. Because there are so many variations of biscuits, there are many lab options you can choose to give your students to practice preparing them! Mine is in the form of a demonstration done by my assistant principal…read on to learn more!
Fall is the perfect time to teach about apples because they’re in prime season, making them abundant and inexpensive! This post includes an Apples Hyperdoc & Dutch Apple Pudding Lab. So after students have learned about apples and you want a tasty, easy to make dessert, then the Dutch Apple Pudding Lab will be right up your alley!
Having just started watching the series, I was so excited when Shawna Strenfel, a FACS teacher from New York shared this Kitchen Crime Scene problem based lab activity! Shawna’s Kitchen Crime Scene is based on the popular television show Crime Scene Kitchen! So, if you love the show, you’ll be anxious to give this a try with your students!
If you’ve ever subscribed or read “Cooks Illustrated,” you may be familiar with a recurring feature called “Quick Tips.” In this feature, tips are provided to make food prep easier and more convenient. I have taken this concept and turned it into the “Quick Tips Postcard Project” as a way to add visual interest to classroom bulletin boards or displays!
This fun, interactive activity comes to you from Tonya Tabb, a FACS teacher at the sister school in my district! The unique thing about this “Chopped: Recipe Version” is that no food or cooking are required! This is a great activity to use when you have a few days at the end of a semester or right before a break to keep your students engaged!
Biscotti was on my list of foods to try for quite some time! It took a friend giving me a birthday gift of biscotti in a variety of flavors to prompt me to actually learn to make it, which then prompted me to create this “How to Make Biscotti” interactive for both virtual and in class students! It also makes a great holiday treat to serve or gift to friends and family!