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.
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
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.
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
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
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
- Cake decorating
- Food safety and sanitation
- Food preservation
- Food selection and purchasing
- Cost management
- Food photography
- Structural design
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.
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.