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!
Often times, as FCS teachers, we have to be out of the classroom because of professional development or FCCLA. I try to find meaningful videos for my students to watch if I need to be gone and they aren’t completing assignments or projects. I watched all of the Listen Series Videos when they first aired on BYU-TV. They are 25 minute videos that follow the life of a person from the time they are young until they reach young adulthood. Each one is different and has different trials they are faced with. (ALL TRUE STORIES). I found they work great in Human Growth and Development classes and in Family Studies courses when discussing the affects of family and relationships on the lifespan. Below is a link where you can watch the series online. They are also available for purchase, and you would get the complete set of videos. I created a couple of viewing guides for episodes we have watched in class. They are linked below too. Happy Watching!
Listen Series Online
Viewing Assignment Sheets
Brotherhood. Zeke and Eli
Girl in the Mirror Listen
I like to add reading into my classes whenever possible. I created this Family Studies Book Study as a supplemental to my course. The students choose a book and complete a book report on it outside of class. I give the assignment to them the first day, and give them reminders about every once in a while until the due date. In some way, I’m hoping to prepare them for college, where they are given all the assignments the first day and have to remember when to turn them in. Anyways, I chose a variety of books that deal with families, relationships, and struggles in growing up to help relate the information we cover in class to something that could possibly interest them. I also give the students the opportunity to choose the book they want if it’s not on the list, they just have to explain why it would relate to class. Because all the students in our school have a reading goal with AR points, I tried to find books they could read that would help them reach their AR goals as well.
Family Studies Book Study
I have my students read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Book on their own throughout the semester. They have to complete a container project about the book and write a summary. It is a great way to add reading into my class because I don’t have a textbook for my class. Here is the link to the book report:
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Book Report
I teach Junior High and High School in two career pathways (Family and Community Services and Early Childhood Development and Services) and I am the adviser for FCCLA. We are a small rural town with about 80 students in our high school.
Courses I teach include: 7th grade FCS, 8th grade FCS, Family Studies, Human Growth and Development, Nutrition and Wellness, Career and Life Planning, Foundations to Early Childhood Development, Career and Community Connections, and Early Childhood Applications.
Here are a few pictures of my classroom.
View from my kitchens of my classroom
View from my desk
View from the door into my room
FCCLA Message Board outside my classroom door
View of kitchens from the door
As part of my nutrition and wellness class, we are learning about and discussing fad diets. A few months ago, I had a former student give a presentation on juicing. She had done a 10 day juice cleanse for a project and needed to present her information to another group. It was a great opportunity for her to speak to our class, and it was great for my class too. During her presentation, she mentioned the documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”. It sounded quite interesting, so I purchased the DVD, watched it, and tried to decide how to incorporate it into my classroom.
We are on a block schedule, so Tuesday we watched the documentary. It is a little over 90 minutes long. I picked out two recipes from the recipe book my student had given us. We choose the “Mean Green” that is used in the movie, and a Pear Pie Delight. The students loved it! They didn’t all like the green juice, but everyone liked the Pear Pie Delight. We also shared with a few teachers and administrators our juice. After juicing, my students completed a Reflective Essay about the movie that I found on Google and adjusted it to fit my class.
Here are the juice recipes and the Reflective Essay assignment (found from a Google Search of the movie) I used for class.
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead Writing Assignment
Joe’s Mean Green
4 green apples
16 Kale Leaves
8 Celery Sticks
2 in. piece of ginger
Pear Pie Delight
1 sweet potato
1 red apple
1 1/3 cups blueberries