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Calcium & Dem Bones: Lesson & Project

In my comprehensive FACS class, I teach about the food groups and nutrients they provide. In the dairy section, I use this Calcium & Dem Bones Lesson & Project to teach about bone health. Remembering the old “Got Milk?” ads, students create a visual promoting the consumption of calcium using photos of themselves, sporting milk mustaches! It’s just a fun little project that helps reinforce the importance of calcium and promote dairy foods in a creative way!

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Panicked Pumpkins: Labor & Delivery Project

Thank you, Tracey Eatherton of Ste. Genevieve High School, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri for sharing this FUN, educational and interactive lesson! If you teach parenting or child development, especially at this time of year, then the Panicked Pumpkins: Labor and Delivery Project is a must do activity! It also makes a great display if you have a showcase you maintain in your school! Read on to see what’s included…

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Nutrition in Pregnancy: Hyperdoc

The Nutrition in Pregnancy Hyperdoc was graciously shared by FACS teacher Sharon Allen of Indianna! If you teach child development or lifespan nutrition, this lesson is for you! As always, hyperdocs work in both traditional classrooms as well as hybrid and virtual. So…read on to see all of the activities embedded in the Nutrition in Pregnancy Hyperdoc!

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Erikson’s Theory of Development

Erik Erikson’s theory of development is one my students have always enjoyed learning about, and pre-COVID was taught in a more hands-on way. Since many of us may be teaching with both students in the actual classroom as well as those taking the class virtually, in real time, I’ve updated my lesson to Erikson’s Theory of Development to incorporate Iron Chef & Instagram activities, making it more tech friendly and usable in both teaching worlds!

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43 Minute Lab Series: One Pan Taco Dinner

After noticing continuous requests for lab suggestions that are doable in 43 minute class periods, I’ve decided to do a recurring series, featuring recipes that can be completed from beginning to end in a 43 minute time frame. In some cases, longer recipes will broken into two day labs. In addition, I will include my pre-lab review questions that pertain specifically to the recipe. This helps to ensure that students are reading the recipe. It also allows me time to show any videos that may demonstrate the product or specific techniques. So, without further ado, I present the 43 Minute Lab Series: One Pan Taco Dinner!

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Recipe Card Project

I am excited to feature the Recipe Card Project shared by Missouri Family Consumer Sciences teacher, Samantha Cosper. Samantha teaches at Cassville High School and uses this project in her Introduction to Foods & Nutrition course as a summative assessment in the Foods Prep Unit. Regardless of how you are teaching this year, the Recipe Card Project can be utilized in both the traditional and virtual classrooms! Read on to learn more…

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Parent Readiness Activities

The Parent Readiness Activities are a flexible set of resources that could be used in any parenting, child development or family living type of class. Last year when I taught this, I was able to set it up as stations for my students to work through in small groups. This year, due to social distancing, I had to rework it so that students could complete it individually whether in the traditional classroom or in the hybrid, virtual classroom. So, read on to see what’s included in the Parent Readiness Activities!

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Birth Defects Guided Hyperdoc

Assigning hyperdocs for distance learning may seem like you aren’t the “sage on the stage”, however, even as the “guide on the side”, you can make them somewhat interactive. I use this “Birth Defects Guided Hyperdoc” as my plan or outline. Students complete it in sections, but we come together to discuss or go over parts along the way. This is one of the best ways I can make my hybrid virtual (Zoom) classroom mirror my traditional classroom. Doing this saves me time and frustration, in the end and I’m really just reworking my original activities, just in a little different format. So, please check out the “Birth Defects Guided Hyperdoc” to see what I mean!

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Food Safety Lab: Baked Ground Beef Kabobs

This is a great lab for students to apply food safety skills in the kitchen with or without living and teaching in the world of COVID-19! I have included a possible way to do this lab as an interactive class demonstration, especially if you have some lab restrictions. If times were normal, this recipe is still doable as a class demo or as individual group preparation (just adjust the recipe accordingly). I hope you find this Food Safety Lab: Baked Ground Beef Kabobs helpful in these unprecidented times!

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Anatomy of a Food Recall: E- Learning Assignment

I’ve always struggled with how to teach about the role of government agencies in safeguarding our food supply in a way that students could understand. Then I happened upon an article in our local paper from our extension agency that made it so much easier. The article was titled “Anatomy of a Food Recall” and really broke the information down. I decided to make it into a virtual learning assignment. So here is the “Anatomy of a Food Recall: E-Learing Assignment”…I hope you can use it regardless of how you are teaching your students this year!

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