Wednesday, December 2, 2009


My Foods class made Calzones today. My room smells really good right now. They turned out really good! Yum!

Mock Preschool

Today and yesterday we held our mock preschool in my FACS classes. My students became the "preschoolers". It was a lot of fun to see them do the activities. There was a snack activity where students had to use their imagination to create a smiley face using various food supplies. There was a reading station with a variety of children's books that students could explore and read.
There was a math station where students played a dice game adding the numbers they rolled. The faster they rolled and counted the better chance someone could win!
There was a small motor station where students had to put together puzzles with their eyes closed. They had to use their sense of touch in order to succeed.

There was an art station where students wrote notes to their best friend without using letters.

And there was a science station that explored how dish soap works and repels fat molecules. I didn't get a picture of that group, but it was one of the favorites. Overall I think the students had a good time.

Monday, November 30, 2009


Today in FACS my students made Thumbies. They used markers to ink-up their fingertips, then they created a picture in their packet. Once the pictures were created, students traded packets and wrote short stories about the thumbie picture. The packets were traded 2 more times and the stories were continued at each new person. Here is one of the stories that came to be:

There is a family that is traveling in a car on the highway. The family had to pack quickly and run. The family barely had time to get away. They only packed the essentials. The family was running away from...
the hurricane that was moving at 500 miles per hour. Although the sun was shining, the sky behind them was dark and black. The 2 year old boy turned around and said, "What is that big twirly thing doing?" A TORNADO!!...
OMG. We are all gonna die! Then came along Superman to save the day! Hah! He lifted the car up and flew to Forks to meet Edward and Bella. They lived happily ever after. The end. :-)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


In FACS we are doing a short Child Development unit. And today we did a short imagination activity. Students drew a picture of an imaginary creature in the packet. Then they partnered up with someone else in the class and verbally described their creature (without letting their partner see the original) to their partner to draw. It was so much fun to listen to them try to give directions to their partner. Some of the pictures turned out really close, and others... didn't. It was a great object lesson on how sometimes, kids hear something different than what parents say. Or rather, they hear what they want to hear. :-) It created a great discussion.

Color Coding

Today in Fashion students color coded themselves. It was fun to hear them all laughing and voicing their opinions on what colors looked best on their peers.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Another Clothing Project

This is a hoodie sweatshirt one of my clothing students made. She did a great job!

Foods Flip Books

This is the flip book cheat sheet I let my Foods class make. They couldn't use any letters or numbers, so they had to draw pictures of all the info if they wanted the cheat sheet. They were soooooo cool! The students that went to the effort of making the flip books did much better on the test. Great job guys!

A Clothing Project

Look at the cute bear one of my clothing students made! Doesn't it look like it's smiling! Great job!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Today the FACS students had their last lab- yea for me, bummer for them. :-) They made pancakes and homemade syrup. It is so fun to see some of the shapes the students make!

Strip Malls

Today in Fashion we learned about the different types of stores. To get away from the same boring, old power points, students made a strip mall to help teach the different store types. Here is a pic. We have a Dillards, a Ross, a Buckle, a Payless, and more!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Men... Hard at Work

This is a group of my male students! They were working so dilligently on their tortillas! Great job guys!

Friday, November 13, 2009


Today my FACS classes had another lab. They made bean and cheese burritos with homemade tortillas. For once, my room doesn't smell that great. A couple of the labs burned their rice. Not a pretty smell. However the labs that didn't burn their food had a great time! One lab decided to make scones with some of their leftover tortilla dough. Very creative. Other groups made sugar and cinnamon rolls! What great students I have!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Pizza... and the Foam Monster

Today the FACS classes made pizza! And it was soooooo yummy!! My room smells so good... I always say that! Several groups brought me small samples. Great job guys! As far as clean up went, we had the foam monster visit. This is a result of too much soap being used! Ease up guys!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Duffle Bags

My Clothing class just finished another project. They made duffle bags. This student did a great job! Didn't it turn out great! It is so much fun to see the students really start to catch on to the various sewing skills and do well. Tomorrow we start on hoodie sweatshirts!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Stir Fry

Today in Foods my students made stir fry! Yum! It looked so good. To the parents out there... your kid can do it and do it well! Have them make dinner tonight!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Ultimate Sewing Challenge

My Clothing students just competed in the Ultimate Sewing Challenge!! They were given the challenge of creating something with a fat quarter and various notions. These are some of the projects that were turned in. Several students attemped zippers, even though they had never done one before, and they didn't do too badly. Good job ladies!!

Cookie Lab

Today my FACS classes made cookies! Snickerdoodles and Chocolate Chip. Yum. Once again, my room smells great. I have already eaten about have a dozen cookies. By the end of the day, I will be sick!! But what a way to go!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Eggs Benedict

Today the Foods class made Eggs Benedict. They did such a great job!!! I am so impressed! Every groups' hollandaise sauce turned out. That has never happened before!! Yea for my students!! My room smells great right now!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Proper Measuring

My FACS students today made goop. I LOVE this mini-lab. I give them the recipe you see below. That's all. They make it. Below are some pics of the results. It is amazing how each group turns out sooooo differently. It is supposed to look like peanut butter bars, but they rarely end up looking like they should. After the mini-lab we talk about the importance of measuring accurately. They always have a good time with this lab, even if the product doesn't look appetizing.

Somewhere along the way, this student thought the directions said to cook the ingredients. Needless to say, theirs did not even come close to looking like it should. :-)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thunder Lab

My FACS classes today had their Thunder Lab. I charged my battery last night so I got some pics today. Here are a few. Notice the aprons... they made those!! What talented students I have!!

Fashion Designers

My Fashion students are awesome! Their last assignment was to design 5 outfits for a customer (me). They did great! Here are some of the designs...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Late Posts

Here are a couple more cool projects the FACS classes made. Today in class we had our first foods lab, but I didn't get any pics because my camera battery is dead. The students made Thunder Twists (pretzels) and Thunder Juice (orange julius). My room smelled great!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Projects of Choice

This is a bolster pillow one of my 8th grade FACS students just made. Isn't it cool!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bread Lab

The Foods class made several different breads for our carbohydrate unit. They turned out pretty good. We also had a pasta and rice lab to look at the differences in whole grain vs white foods.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pillow Cases

My FACS students have been working on their pillowcases. And some have finished them! They have turned out better this semester than ever before. Great job guys! Here are some pics of the them.