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!
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!
Cheese Balls Pantry Raid Lab
Cheese balls are often associated with parties, holidays and potlucks! But why limit them to just those events? I get to a point in the year when I have “a little of this and a little of that” leftover from other labs and taste tests. So I decided to have a pantry raid lab and have students make “cheese balls”. All I had to do was buy a block of cream cheese for each group and provide some parameters for the challenge. See below for more details.
Fun with Foods: Bento Box Lunches for Kids
When my children were in elementary school they thought it was cool to take their lunches in a fun lunch box. Sometimes I would surprise them with a clever, creative food inside. The memory of this, plus knowing I wanted to teach my child development students about healthy foods choices for children triggered this lesson and project. I assign this as a take home project but this could easily be done in a foods lab or even as a creative competition!
Ever seen the television show “Chopped”? My students love to watch it and have been bugging me to let them compete in our class. However, with large classes, short bells, and limited budget, it was proving to be a bit difficult. However, I think I have figured out a good way to go about it. I think it’s a great and of the year project as well, because it helps get rid of extra food in a good way.
Project Accessory Classroom Style
Based on the My Lifetime show, Project Accessory this lesson will challenge your students to design accessories for an outfit of their choice. The objective of this lesson is to test student’s design skills and practical application of the elements and principles of design and color. Skills required: matching colors & patterns, sewing, construction, neatness, flexibility, adaptability.
Nothing smells as good as homemade pizza baking with a little bit of competition in the air to make your classroom pulse. This lesson not only allows students to learn how to make pizza dough and sauce from scratch but also helps them develop their plating skills.
Iron Chef Competition
This is a great capstone competition for culinary classes! It allows you to get a real feel for how much your students have learned.