Tag: Projects

First Apartment: Living Room Budget Project

Many young people today think they are going to go out there and have their “dream” apartment (like they see on TV), complete with top of the line furnishings, etc. Realistically, most will find they will be grateful for any free or hand-me-down furnishings (although they don’t realize that now). I wanted students to create a “dream” living room where money was no object. Their furnishings were based on their personal style, using the web-based technology Polyvore Home and they had to keep a list of expenses. Then, they had to replicate the room on a reduced budget as closely as possible using online department stores, again keeping track of their expenses. Not only did this project end up being an eye-opener for them in terms of cost, but they learned they could have a similar look, spending much less money. Oh, and did I mention, they also had a lot of fun “decorating and shopping” for a period or two!

Emotions, Mood & Clothing Colors

As I was reading a newsletter referencing an article around emotions, mood and clothing colors, my creative juices started to flow! I knew there was a lesson just waiting to be written on the topic. So, today’s post “emotions, mood and clothing colors” can be used as a talking points lesson as you teach about fashion, capsule wardrobes or even with the selection of fabric color for constructing a garment.

Trendy Threads Wardrobe Box

The Trendy Threads Wardrobe Box project was created to simulate clothing subscription services that are advertised on the internet. These services are designed to tailor outfits that fit and flatter the personality, profile, needs and body type of their client for a fee. In this project, students become the personal stylist as they curate outfits for their “clients” based on profile information. It’s a great way for students to apply what they’ve learned in class and see if they enjoy being a personal stylist!

Sewing Resources

In need of some new or different sewing resources? Check out the compiled list of resources for use in a sewing class, unit or lesson. As always, if you have other suggestions, please send them my way and I’ll update the list.

Upcycled Wipe Container Project

Upcycling gives us the opportunity to turn items, otherwise deemed trash, into something creative and functional! And thanks to Missouri FACS teacher Amy Harkey, baby wipe lids can be repurposed into an educational child development activity! Amy shares her adapted and interactive “Upcycled Wipe Container Project” with us! Read on to see what she has her students creating!

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…

Promoting STEM: Role Models & Activities

There are tons of articles about including and promoting STEM to our students. I decided to add this “STEM: Role Models & Activities” lesson and project into my child development class. I want my students to not only understand what STEM is, but why it’s important to expose and encourage it with young children.

Housing Resources

Teach a course, unit, or lesson on housing? Look no further for ready to use ideas and resources! I’ve started a collection of resources based on topics. If you have an activity, lesson or resource to share, please share in the comment section below.

Healthy & Positive T-Shirt Messages

What I love about this assignment is that it can be adapted to almost any topic that you want students to walk away with messages promoting positive thoughts, actions, and attitudes! I initially created this to use when teaching about healthy dating relationships and after using it thought of umpteen other lessons that I could use it with. So let me give you some background and suggestions for implementing this and then let your students have at it as they develop their own original slogans, messages and images about whatever topic you assign. This is also a great template to use when running a design contest or for club t-shirts or fundraisers!

Teaching About Food Waste

This is a topic I’ve wanted to teach for a long time, not only because I practice it, but think it’s an important lesson for everyone to know and implement in their lives! However, that said, I was also a bit nervous introducing this lesson because I didn’t know how my students would receive it. Would they think it interesting and practical? Would they think it old-fashioned and a thing of the past? Would they even engage? Well, I can honestly say that my students were totally with me throughout this entire lesson! They shared personal stories and examples! They embraced the topic and were quite interested in the articles and stories I had them use, as well as the projects they were assigned! In the future and for the record, I will definitely be teaching this unit again, but this time with complete confidence!