Doing so much of my job virtually makes me crave working with my hands, creatively, in my down time (what little of it there is)! Not only do I get to work with my hands to make something creative, meaningful, useful and/or beautiful, but I get a much needed reprieve from screens…for which my eyes thank me! This “Festive Table Decor Project” is one that students can personalize to make whatever they want, around the theme of the assignment, using materials they have on hand. In addition, I want my students to feel connected to what they create and have a greater understanding of what’s involved in DIY projects! Read on to learn more and let your students release their pent up creativity!
Remote learning making it difficult to do your normal hands-on holiday activities? In researching alternate ways to do some of my assignments, I have either happened upon or created some of the below activities. I hope they help you incorporate some holiday fun even if it has to happen virtually! Enjoy!
A while back, I read an article in the Wall Street Journal about old ties. What was once an everyday staple of many a man’s wardrobe may now be hanging dust collectors! Because more workplaces are moving to casual attire, the tie rarely surfaces on a day to day basis. So what does one do with a closet full of dormant ties? Afterall, how many does one man need? Enter the FACS classroom! Clever and creative FACS teachers, teaching any kind of sewing unit, would benefit from the donation as their students work at repurposing the necktie into another functional piece of fashion or art!
2020 has been a very tumultuous year for many reasons! In light of that, I wanted to help my students become more aware of the issues and current events that have unfolded this past year regarding race and how they can implement change as future parents, teachers and caregivers. In my “Children & Racism,” lesson, I strive to accomplish those goals by embracing our differences.
A huge “thank you” goes out to Barbara Scully for sharing this IMPRESSIVE Foodborne Illnesses: Digital Interactive Notebook! The resource is chock-full of information, resources, and activities for asynchronous teaching. Regardless of how you are teaching this year, this Foodborne Illness: Digital Notebook is a great way to have students investigate and apply what they know!
The Stir Fry Interactive assignment is an assignment for my students to complete digitally, in Google Classroom. This Stir Fry Interactive E-Learning assignment takes students through a variety of concepts related to stir fry cooking such as the origins, the benefits of cooking this way, knife cuts, featured characteristics, food group analysis, cooking steps, and chopstick etiquette. If you’re able to cook, a vegetable stir fry recipe is included to practice those referenced knife cuts. If you are unable to cook, students still learn alot about stir fry cooking!
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: Shake a Pudding!
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!
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…