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This Is New!

I’m sure you’ve all experienced that rush of adrenaline when something you’ve been working on for a very long time finally becomes reality!  It’s heady and exhilarating, right?  Well, that’s where our little staff at Fresh FACS is right now!  For a little over four months, we’ve been working on the development and launch of our 2018 catalog and it’s finally complete and ready to share with all of you and we’re very excited.

Now you’re probably wondering, what’s the big deal, right?  We publish a standard catalog of our products every year, so how is this any different and why should you, our FACS friends, care?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  We decided to take an entirely new approach to our catalog this year.  We wanted to make it more than just a showcase of our products.  We wanted it to be something that FACS teachers would enjoy perusing–more like a magazine than a catalog!  So that’s exactly what we did!  We created an attractive publication in which we hope you will find tons of useful and interesting information!  And, oh yes, you will also have access to information about our entire product line of fresh ideas for the FACS classroom!

The cover image of our magazine/catalog appears at the top of this post.  If you’ll look closely at the text on the chalkboard image, you’ll see five project titles listed:  Pizza Perfection, Pasta Engineering, Sweet Architecture, Idea to Icon and Stories and Stitches.  These are five brand new FACS activities outlined in the magazine/catalog that are free for you download to use in your classroom.  Here’s a summary and description of each activity.

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Pizza Perfection–The Science and Style of Pizza

Through this activity, students will explore the science, math, history and style of this incredibly popular dish.  This multi-faceted activity includes:

  • Top Your Own Pizza Recipe
  • Pizza Dictionary
  • A Slice of Pizza History
  • Pizza Personality, What’s Your Style?  An exploration of the most popular styles of pizza and their characteristics.
  • Pizza Style Investigation
  • Pizza With Style, Beyond the Basic Recipe–An exercise in pizza recipe development

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Pasta Engineering–Engineering the Perfect Pasta Salad

This activity will introduce students to the science and engineering of developing the perfect pasta salad.  The activity includes:

  • An introduction to pasta shapes in Pasta Salad Varieties–ID, Please!
  • Selecting the pasta for and original pasta salad recipe.
  • Cooking secrets for perfect pasta salad.
  • Steps and options for developing the perfect original pasta salad recipe.
  • Pasta Salad Dressing Options
  • Engineering the Perfect Pasta Salad Planning guide.

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Sweet Architecture–Engineering a Not So Classic Gingerbread House

This activity is designed to provide students with experience in the application of the principles of the science of baking; observation of the fundamentals of engineering a stable structure; and identification and replication of the elements of specific architectural styles.  This is definitely not a quick holiday activity!  The activity includes:

  • An introduction to ten architectural styles.
  • An Architectural Elements Research Guide
  • Gingerbread Backstory, Hansel and Gretel and Beyond.
  • Engineering a Gingerbread House
  • Gingerbread Glossary
  • Recipes for Construction Gingerbread and Edible Icing Mortar
  • Testing the Mortar, Assessing the Structural Integrity of Edible Mortar options.
  • Gingerbread Hints and Hacks

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Stories and Stitches

This activity combines reading, crafts, sewing and identification of developmental stages into one comprehensive and fun activity.  The project includes:

  • Guidelines for Selecting Books for Preschoolers
  • Benefits of reading in early childhood development
  • Sewing Cards as a Developmental Tool
  • Project outline to guide students through the steps in creating a set of original sewing cards based on a book of their own selection.
  • Sewing Cards Design Activity Evaluation Rubric

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Edible Art Exhibit

Hosting an edible art exhibit can be an excellent opportunity to showcase students’ culinary and artistic skills.  Creating an original work of edible art requires the application of concepts related to:

  • Knife skills
  • Garnishing
  • Cake decorating
  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Food preservation
  • Food selection and purchasing
  • Cost management
  • Food photography
  • Structural design
  • Presentation

This activity will guide you and your students through the process of designing edible works or art, as well as planning and coordinating an edible art exhibit.

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Idea to Icon

Many of the products we use every day have very interesting back stories.  This timeline project is designed to guide students through researching and creating a timeline for one of a dozen iconic consumer products:  commercial sewing pattern, breakfast cereal, blender, disposable diaper, commercial baby food, recliner, pizza, fast food, car seat, blue jeans, sneakers, or flip flops.  The activity includes:

  • Research guidelines
  • Timeline examples
  • Presentation options
  • Evaluation rubric

There’s so much more to learn and do in the 2018 Fresh FACS magazine/catalog!  We hope you’ll check it out.  You can page through the entire catalog by clicking on the image below.  To request a hard copy of the magazine/catalog, send us a request on this blog or by private message on Facebook.  Be sure to include the address where you would like your publication mailed.

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Easy As Pie!

Today, January 23, is National Pie Day, so I thought I’d share the recipe I used to introduce my beginning foods students to the art of making pastry.  It’s a very simple recipe that my students were able to master on the first try, building their confidence for attempting a traditional plain pastry recipe.

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Strawberry Turnovers

1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

1/3 cup shortening

2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons cold water

9 tablespoons strawberry jam (1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Sift flour into mixing bowl.
  3. Using pastry blender, cut in 3 tablespoons shortening until the mixture looks like cornmeal.
  4. Cut in the rest of the shortening until the particles are the size of small peas.
  5. Add cold water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing with a fork until the mixture forms a ball.
  6. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured board.  Dough should be 1/8-inch thick and 12 inches square.
  7. Cut square into nine 4-inch squares.  (Will look like a tic-tac-toe board.)
  8. Place a level tablespoon of jam in one corner of each square.
  9. Moisten the edges of squares with cold water.
  10. Fold the square from one corner to the opposite corner.
  11. Seal edges with a floured fork.
  12. Prick the top of the turnovers with fork.
  13. Place on baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  14. Bake 15 minutes or until turnovers are golden brown.

Yield:  9 turnovers

Drizzle with Powdered Sugar Glaze, if desired.  In a mixing bowl stir together 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 to 1 ½ tablespoons milk to make frosting of drizzling consistency.

Pastry Pointers to share with students!

  • Overmixing and overhandling pastry will make it tough by developing the gluten in the flour.
  • Add only enough water to pastry dough to bring the dry ingredients together.  Too much water will make the dough sticky and hard to roll out.
  • Pastry dough layers must be moistened to ensure that the layers are sealed together.
  • Using a pastry blender to combine fat and dry ingredients produces layers in the dough, which makes the pastry flaky.
  • Using very cold water when making pastry dough will keep the fat firm and produce a flakier product.

A couple of words of caution:

  • Provide rulers for students to use to measure the thickness and dimension of the dough.
  • Students should let turnovers cool for a few minutes before sampling because the jam will be hot enough to burn right out of the oven.
  • Caution students to use only a level tablespoon of jam in each turnover because excess will run out on the pan and burn.

Happy National Pie Day, Everyone!

Ramona

This recipe is included in our resource Cooking Up Success, which features 200+ classroom-tested recipes for the FACS foods lab.

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Where Did the Time Go?

It hardly seems possible that it’s been nearly an entire year since I last posted to this blog!  It turns out that time really does fly when you’re researching and writing a new FACS classroom resource!  Particularly when that project is based on incorporating engineering into the FACS curriculum!  As a FACS teacher, I really never expected to include engineering in my classroom instruction.  However, with the current emphasis on the STEAM initiative, it seemed like a FACS instructional need that just had to be addressed.

So I set about educating myself on the subject of engineering and its relationship to FACS.  Color me astonished when I discovered that FACS and Engineering are a perfect pairing!

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The end result of this epiphany and many months of work was the creation of FACS: Full STEAM Ahead, Engineering A Design For The Future, a series of 20 lessons applying STEAM concepts based on 21st century FACS careers.  It includes tons of support materials so that you don’t have do your own research.  (You’re welcome!) Check it out on our website at www.freshfacs.com.

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FACS: Full STEAM Ahead has become more than the title of our latest resource, it’s become our theme for 2018!  We plan to update two of our most popular existing resources incorporating STEAM concepts and the FACS Engineering Design Process that we’ve developed.  Cooking Up A Cool Career and Cooking Up Success will be the first Fresh FACS resources to receive the STEAM treatment, but they won’t be the last!

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We will also be publishing our first-ever magazine/catalog in 2018!  This exciting and useful publication will include activities and information that you can use in your FACS classroom and best of all it will be FREE!  Follow Fresh FACS on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for information on how to receive your FREE copy or go to our website and add your name to our mailing list today.  We anticipate that the magazine/catalog will be ready to mail in late February or early March.

2018 is going to be an exciting year for Fresh FACS!  We hope you’ll join us on this STEAM-powered adventure!

Wishing all our FACS friends the very best in this New Year!

Ramona