Family and Consumer Science Teacher Resources
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Working in groups of four, class members sort cards, labeled with kitchen equipment vocabulary words, into groups based on function, i.e., mixing tools, measurement tools, serving tools, baking pans, stove top pans, or preparation tools. Although designed for a Family and Consumer Science Class, the concept could be adapted to any class, especially ESL/ELL.
Students create a portfolio throughout their middle school years on wellness. Students explore their awareness of the connections between health, physical education, and family and consumer sciences with particular emphasis on the areas of fitness and nutrition.
Students in a variety of activities in order to appreciate the culture of Japan. The primary assessments are an art project and a written report. This instructional activity is extremely helpful because it includes the rubric for both projects.
Students play a board game that reviews the basic areas of family and consumer sciences. They follow the directions found in the space on which he/she lands. Play continues until someone has consumed all of the family and consumer tasks needed to reach the end of the game. They
Students, in cooperative groups, design and create a wildflower garden for the community. They write letters to property owners requesting use of their land and then write invitations to their parents and to local, state, and federal dignitaries to attend their Wildflower Ceremony. They write their own scripts and memorize their parts to present at the ceremony.
Students discuss and define communication and identify different ways of communicating with people. Students then practice team building and non-verbal communication skills as they work silently in small teams to put puzzles together.
Middle schoolers develop proper work and personal skills that will enable them to become competent and confident adults. Students analyze basic nutritional habits. Middle schoolers evaluate sport/athletic food patterns.
Students create a PowerPoint presentation and a pie chart of a budget for a given scenario. In this budgeting and money management lesson, students discuss credit ratings and good consumer decisions. Students work in groups to make a budget for a family scenario with a given gross income.
Examine how to participate in Literature Circles. Your students will create Literature Logs including illustrations, definitions, characterizations, and strategies used in studying literature.
Pupils use the Internet and research facts about the Oval Office. They create a budget to redecorate it using a spreadsheet to show the expenses. They create design boards and present findings in a slideshow presentation.
Students keep a journal on their current spending habits. In groups, they develop guidelines for a family to follow given a specific amount of take home pay. They role play various scenerios to see what can be done with a given amount of money and without borrowing from their parents.
Healthy habits are a must. This 4-H resource delves into the importance of proper hand washing. This could lead to a discussion of other ways to keep healthy.
Third graders learn how to create a double-sided stuffed sculpture using up to four different types of media. Students also become familiar with the basic food pyramid model and the names of each level of the food pyramid, plus the foods on that level.
Students research Internet sites to identify the latest employment and occupation trends. They discuss and define career terms that important to employment. They report the findings of their research on the occupation of their choice.
Students participate in a lesson plan that is concerned with the factors of describing a neighborhood. They follow a set of target questions in order to obtain information about individual neighborhoods. The information is used The write descriptions of objects found.
Students use the internet to research the job outlook for the current year. Using the information, they take notes and answer discussion questions. They choose a job they are interested in and share the results with the class to discuss how different industries are affected.
Students explore the growth of businesses from single proprietorships to corporations. They compare and contrast single proprietorships, partnerships and corporations. In closing, students explore the pros and cons of each type of business.
Discussion-based lessons can provide learners with an opportunity to learn collaboratively and actively. With the handy questions included in this lesson, they'll talk their way to a better understanding of their own personality traits. After discussion, they consider how their traits can be used in both family and career life.
Students discuss their role in the community as a class. In groups, they evaluate what they like and do not like in their neighborhoods. They develop a solution for one of the aspects they do not like and share it with the class. They discover their personal citizen responsiblity as well.
Learning to cook and making good food choices are extremely important life skills. Seventh graders explore food science in relation to health and nutrition, by conducting several experiments on apples. Websites, movies, and instructional resources are included as web links.