Week of 1/8/18

6th graders will continue our unit on Personal Discoveries. On Monday, we will begin our group project of creating a grooming product for teens, complete with an advertising poster. On Tuesday, we will begin comparing positive and negative peer pressure, including bullying and teen conflict. This will include writing a skit demonstrating “refusal skills” and a webquest using the website bulling.org.

3. Explain the importance of character education for teenagers, identifying grooming habits that lead to a health appearance.

6. Compare positive and negative peer pressure.

7th graders will also continue with Personal Development and will complete their “Gross Out Guides” to demonstrate the wrong way to use what they’ve learned about manners and grooming. Beginning Tuesday, we will move into Communication Skills, which always includes some fun games and funny examples of communication gone wrong.

3. Explain the importance of character education for teenagers; describing manners used in various settings; identifying grooming habits that lead to a health appearance.

4. Compare verbal and nonverbal communication skills used to improve interpersonal relationships

8th Graders are beginning our unit on sewing this week.  They will begin by learning to thread a needle and tie the knot in thread.  This will be following by learning to attach a button to fabric and then we will finish out the week by beginning to learn the hand-sewing stitches – running stitch, overcast stitch, and back stitch.  These stitches will help to create the hand-sewing project which will begin next week!

13. Demonstrate basic sewing skills to complete a project, utilizing sewing equipment in a safe and correct manner.

Week of December 4

Hard to believe the semester is almost over!  We have two weeks left to squeeze in a lot of learning!

8th Graders will be working on an individual research project covering the Essential Vitamins and Minerals as well as completing two food labs this week, Veggie Fried Rice and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

7. Evaluate the relationship among nutrition, exercise, and rest in maintaining wellness.

8. Demonstrate the ability to select, store, prepare, and serve nutritious foods.

7th Graders will present their Foods and Wellness unit with two food labs, Mini Chicken Pot Pies and a lab based on one of the food groups that will be decided when the groups present their research projects.  They will begin their Child Development unit on Friday and that will be our last focus of the semester before they leave for the semester and switch electives after Christmas break.

8. Prepare nutritious snacks.

15. Explain responsibilities involved in babysitting related to age, safety, and health of the child.

6th Graders will also complete their Foods and Wellness unit with two food labs, Ziploc Omelets and My Plate Pizza, focusing on the five food groups. We will end the week with a very short look at Child Development.

8. Prepare nutritious snacks.

15. Explain responsibilities involved in babysitting related to age, safety, and health of the child.

Week of November 27

It’s time to get back in the swing of things after Thanksgiving! Still lots to learn and lots of work to do!

8th Graders will be learning about halving and doubling recipes, completing two food labs, and watching the documentary Fed Up about the commercial food industry’s use of fat and sugar.

7th Graders will continue working on their Food Groups projects and will also complete two food labs.

6th Graders will be introduced to the My Plate nutrition plan and will complete their first two food labs.

Week of 11/13

Occasionally all of my classes will be lined up on the same unit and that is what is happening right now!

8th Graders have completed their Kitchen Safety and Sanitation Test and learning many of the skills they will need to complete a successful food lab. They will participate in their first lab on Thursday, which will be smoothies.

7th Grade is continuing to study the Five Food Groups with a group research project between food labs. This week’s labs include mini apple pies and garlic cheese biscuits.

6th Graders are finishing up with Kitchen Safety and Sanitation unit and will complete their first food lab on Friday, which is also smoothies.

Week of October 30

8th Graders will FINALLY start kitchen safety and sanitation this week! They have been waiting patiently for weeks! We will watch the introductory videos on safety and sanitation on Monday, work on the study guide Wednesday and Thursday and review and prepare for the test on Friday. That leaves Tuesday open for something fun, but for now, that’s my secret 🙂

7th Graders are continuing to prepare for food labs with lots of hard work (plus a little fun). We will learn about our kitchen tools and utensils, where they are in the kitchens, what they are called, and most importantly, what they are used for. Students will compete in a kitchen tool scavenger hunt on Tuesday. Wednesday will be the very important kitchen safety and sanitation test that they have (hopefully) been studying for! We will finish the week with kitchen math and measuring.

6th Graders will finish their Career Exploration unit on Monday and then they will move into kitchen safety and sanitation as well. We will start the same way as the 8th graders, but on a one day delay. Their test will be next week!

Week of October 16

Here’s what’s happening in FACS this week:

6th Grade will continue the Personal Development unit with focus on grooming, peer pressure, and bullying.

3. Explain the importance of character education for teenagers.
-Describing manners used in various settings.
-Identifying grooming habits that lead to a healthy appearance.
-Describing ways to show respect for self, others, and property.

7th Grade will continue and finish their hand-sewing project this week.  Once complete, we will move into kitchen safety and sanitation.

13. Practice basic sewing skills, utilizing sewing equipment in a safe and correct manner.

8th Grade will finish our online Financial Planning software program and will have a special guest from Alabama 4-H to share the Reality Check program.

9. Explain the importance of money management for teens.

Week of October 9, 2017

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend! Here’s what’s going on in FACS this week…

6th Graders will rotate and begin their new elective with the new grading period. On Tuesday, we will review class procedures, discuss class goals, and assign student boxes. For more information on the class, including the syllabus that should be brought home by students this week, please see the 6th Grade Class Information section of this blog.

The rest of the week will focus on character education.

3. Explain the importance of character education for teenagers.
-Describing manners used in various settings.
-Identifying grooming habits that lead to a healthy appearance.
-Describing ways to show respect for self, others, and property.

7th Graders continue to work on their hand-sewing projects.

13. Practice basic sewing skills, utilizing sewing equipment in a safe and correct manner.

8th Graders are finishing up what I call Adulting 101 with an online money management program. Students will learn about income taxes, expenses, and budgeting. If you’d like to check it out at home, the website is teachbanzai.com.

9. Explain the importance of money management for teens.

Week of October 2

This week marks the end of the grading period and my last week with this group of sixth graders!  It’s been a great group and I am sad to see them go!  This is also a short week since student will be out of school on Friday and Monday for teacher workdays.  Enjoy your long weekend!!

This week, sixth graders will create a “No-Sew” Pillow.  Although it is no-sew, they will still get practice using sewing equipment and skills, such as shears, patterns, pins, measuring, and proper cutting methods.

13. Practice basic sewing skills, utilizing sewing equipment in a safe and correct manner.

7th Graders will continue to work on their hand-sewing projects, which are coming along nicely.

13. Practice basic sewing skills, utilizing sewing equipment in a safe and correct manner.

8th Graders will finish up their Career Exploration projects by creating Google Slides presentations and sharing them with their classmates.

20. Describe career skills needed for the workplace, including time management and teamwork.

 

Week of September 25

It’s hard for me to believe this is the 8th week of school, but here it is!  This is what we’ll be doing this week in FACS…

6th Graders will complete our unit on Foods and Wellness.  Only two more weeks to go with this class!  We will learn about the My Plate nutrition guidance plan and participate in 3 food labs this week.

8. Prepare nutritious snacks.

7th Graders will begin their unit on sewing.  Monday will consist of reviewing sewing safety guidelines and learning to thread a needle.  Tuesday and Wednesday will focus on attaching a button.  This is one of those life skills that I believe everyone should learn.  By the end of the unit, they will begin their hand-sewing project, which usually takes a couple of weeks. At the end of this project, they will have a cute hand-made stuffed animal face to take home. We do not do a machine sewing project in 7th grade.  However, if that is something you are interested in, take my class in 8th grade!

13. Practice basic sewing skills, utilizing sewing equipment in a safe and correct manner.

8th Graders will continue our to learn about goal-setting using SMART Goals.  There will be a quiz on Tuesday, the 26th.  Wednesday will begin our Career Exploration project with a Career Interest Survey.  The Career project will take approximately 8 days.

3. Explain the impact of values, goals, and decision-making on teenagers.

20. Describe career skills needed for the workplace, including time management and teamwork.

Week of 9/18/2017

Good Monday morning!  Let’s see what’s happening in FACS this week…

6th grade is continuing our unit on Kitchen Safety and Sanitation. Students will complete a Safety and Sanitation quiz on Monday.  Students are required to score 100% by the state before being allowed to participate in food labs, but they are allowed to take the quiz multiple times if needed.  From there, we will move into reading a recipe, math and measuring, and kitchen tools and equipment.  We will complete our first food lab on Thursday by making fruit smoothies.

8. Prepare nutritious snacks.
Practicing safety and sanitation techniques in the laboratory
Using kitchen equipment in a correct manner
Comparing the nutritive value and cost of various foods

7th grade is continuing our research into careers with a career webquest and google slideshow. Students complete and share slideshows this week and then move into the Time Management, Goal-Setting, and Decision-Making unit.

20. Describe factors that impact choosing a career.

2. Describe the process of decision making, problem solving, and goal setting.

11. Describe time management tools and techniques.

8th will continue talking about Goal-setting, Decision-making and Time-management. The quiz has been postponed to Wednesday, September 26 due to the weather days. There will be several videos and activities to go along with each topic throughout the next 10 days.

3. Explain the impact of values, goals, and decision making on teenagers.

6. Describe the importance of teen development of time management skills