We just finished covering prenatal development and birth in my human growth and development class. As a part of this unit, we were able to watch the documentary series the 9 Months That Made You. It is available to purchase through PBS, and it is also on Netflix.
My students loved it. The stories were extremely interesting and also relevant to what we were discussing in class. It was really intriguing to see how different parts of pregnancy affect the life of a human and how genetics plays such a huge role in our development.
I created a guide for each episode and they are available on my TpT store: Episode Guides
These would be great for when you need to be out of the classroom, or as a way to reinforce content that has already been taught. I would highly suggest using this documentary series as a resource in your classroom!
Students in Foundations to Early Childhood are finishing out the year with a service project! They are currently creating pieces that can be used as part of a story board for classroom teachers to tell stories, or for young children to use during story time. When they are done, we will be donating all of the items to a local daycare. Here are a few pictures of some work in progress story pieces! I will post final products when we are done.
Here is the assignment sheet as well, if you would like to add this project to your classroom. Flannel Board Final Assignment
As we begin the downhill slope to the end of the year, I like to work through the section of the MyPlate Diagram and have students prepare dishes for each group. For the Grains group, we made Stromboli. Students first did a small Webquest on basic grain information, then watched a demonstration on how to make a Stromboli (with fresh dough of course), and then made their dough. During the demonstration, students had to take notes about how to prepare the recipe, because all directions were left off of their recipe. It was helpful in keeping students engaged and listening because they couldn’t be successful in lab without the directions!
Today, students prepared their Stromboli and then created advertisements about one type of grain to encourage others to eat more a that grain in a healthy way. There wasn’t a lot of leftovers, so I think lab was a success!
Here are links to all the assignments my students completed in the lab
Grain Advertisement Assignment
Grains Online Assignment
Stromboli Demo Lab.docx
As part of our overall wellness unit, today we did an “Exercise Tasting” activity to give students a chance to try out a variety of different exercises. I did include Meditation as one of the exercises, because exercising and calming the mind is an important part of overall wellness.
I am blessed to have access to Beachbody On Demand, so I used the availability of different exercise programs through Beachbody to make today work. They had 7 stations, (Yoga, Weights, Kickboxing, Pilates, Cardio, Meditation, Walking). Students complete between 5 and 7 minutes at each station, and answered questions to evaluate each exercise after spending time completing the activity. It was a great way to get students up and moving and giving them a chance to try out different exercise programs. Exercise isn’t a one size fits all, and if students can find activities they enjoy now, they will be able to create healthy habits that will last into their futures. I had fun, and I hope they did too!
Here is the assignment sheet they completed during class. Exercise Tasting
I wanted to share a few updated photos of my classroom, since it has had quite a makeover since my first classroom tour (Classroom Tour 1). I have taken out quite a few tables to make more room, and updated my classroom to a move flexible seating or coffee shop style seating. My students love the choices in seats and the ability to work in different areas where they are comfortable.
It took a while for me to decide to go with a flexible seating arrangement because it meant giving up a little bit of control about the space in my classroom and where my students sit. I still make suggestions when needed, but giving students the choice to make a simple decision about where they learn best has worked really well!
This is the view from my desk, which is in the corner of the room.
This is the view from the back of my room. Right now, I can seat up to 20 students in my classroom, and my average class size is around 16, so there is plenty of room for my students and choices for them to sit in a place that is best for their learning needs.
I also turned an old podium that I decided not to use anymore into a Makerspace Area. This area works great and doesn’t take up a large amount of area, but still holds quite a few supplies for my Makerspace.
As we moved into Personal Nutrition in my Nutrition and Wellness class, I wanted to find a way to personalize this unit to make it real for my students. To start, I gave each student a small notebook (fits in a pocket), and we talked about how many calories they needed a day for survival, weight loss, or weight gain. Then we divided the days out and students began simply tracking what food they were eating everyday, how much, and their water intake. After two days, we analyzed their calorie intake from both days to see where their current eating plan fits into a healthy lifestyle based on calorie intake.
They have tracked their diet for two more days and when we come back from Spring Break, they will analyze how those two days fit into the My Plate Guidelines and if they are eating the right foods for their dietary needs. Through all of this, we have had great discussions on healthy eating and making small lifestyle changes. These activities have been a great way to get students interested in seeing how nutrition plays a critical role in their overall health.
Here are the two assignments students completed or will complete to analyze their diets.
Daily Calorie Intake
Food Groups Analysis
Here is a great activity for students in a Child Development course, Human Growth and Development, or Foundations to Early Childhood class. I have a Foundations class that would rather complete a project than take notes, so I try to find creative ways for them to learn the information they need.
Child Abuse is often a hard topic to talk about for me, because it is so hard to see the damaging effects of child abuse. It can also be a pretty sensitive topic depending on the students in our classrooms. I wanted students to learn more about child abuse and really look at the damaging effects as well as see real stories about child abuse and the effects of it. After my students have completed this project, we are going to have a discussion day to talk about the things they learned from the project and about ways we can help children who are victims of child abuse and what we can do to be proactive in the prevention of child abuse.
This activity is based on several lap-book ideas I have seen on the Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher’s Facebook group. Not all these ideas are my own. I took ideas from other teachers to create a project that could fit into my class for the needs of my students.
Project Directions Here: The Consequences of Child Abuse Lapbook
If you happen to use this project in class, please share pictures of your students work here, so we can see all the great things happening in FCS classrooms!