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Super Bowl FACS

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m going to once again proclaim that teaching FACS is one of the best jobs in education because it’s possible to link the FACS curriculum to virtually any topic or event.  This week every talk show and news broadcast is using the Super Bowl as a tie-in to whatever topic they want to discuss, right?  Well, the good news is that as a FACS teacher you can do the same thing.  Whether you are a fan of professional football or not, you can still up the cool factor of FACS by using the Super Bowl as a lesson theme.  Here are a few ideas that may inspire you to Super-charge your lessons!

Probably the content of foods and culinary arts lessons have the most apparent connection to Super Bowl Sunday.  Super Bowl parties have become nearly as popular as the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  Students can be asked to plan a Super Bowl Party, prepare recipe for SB party fare or decorate cakes or cookies with a football theme.  There are endless recipe resources for Super Bowl snacks on the Internet.

100 + Super Bowl Party Recipes

Kick Off a Winning Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl Recipes

Game Day Cook-Off

Many of the traditional and most popular foods served at Super Bowl bashes are far from healthy.  Give your SB lesson a nutritional twist with some of these healthy snack alternatives.  Have students prepare come of these recipes or do a healthy makeover of some of the traditional Super Bowl treats.

11 Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

Healthy Super Bowl Appetizer Recipes

Beyond food, there are other ways to connect FACS to the Super Bowl.  Consider a few of these ideas:

  • In a Child Development or Child Care lesson, research and debate the safety issues surrounding Pee Wee football.
  • In a relationship class discuss the conflicts that often arise between couples when girls/young women don’t understand the fundamentals of football.  Invite one of the football coaches from your staff in to give a Football 101 presentation to your class.  Discuss the basics of conflict resolution based on the concept of shared interests.
  • Students in a fashion/clothing and textiles class could research and design new uniforms for the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.  Or they could possible design better uniforms for the two teams that played in Pro Bowl 2014.  In my opinion the ones that the teams wore yesterday were pretty tacky.  Both teams looked like they were playing in their jammies.  Ugh!
  • Interior Design students could planning the seating for a Super Bowl Party based on number of guests, traffic patterns, method of service, etc.
  • Students in a Consumer Education or Resource Management could research the amount of money spent annually on the Super Bowl each year. They could also plan a Super Bowl party within a stated budget.  They could also compare and analyze the SB commercials that have already been released online.   2014 Super Bowl Commercials

I hope that I’ve “primed the pump” so to speak to help you start thinking about the Super Bowl as a super idea for your FACS classes.  Let the games begin!  I’d love to hear any ideas you have on using the big game as a big winner in your classes.

kick hunger

Here’s one more idea you might want to explore.  The NFL is sponsoring a project designed to fight hunger that you and your students might want to consider as a charitable project.  The Kick Hunger Challenge raises money for local food banks through Food Lifeline.

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Best Part of the Job

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’m hard at work on my next instructional resource, Four Course FACS, A Fictional Culinary Adventure.  Well, I’ve devoted my time this week to perfecting and testing some new recipes that will be included in Four Course FACS.  This is definitely one of the best parts of the job of creating a resource for the FACS classroom!  The recipes for FFC are even more fun to test than some because so many of them represent classic dishes from around the world.  Yum!

I decided to try out the recipe for Petite Chocolate Soufflés last night.  If that sounds a little adventurous for a Thursday night, just remember that I wrote the recipe to be quick enough to be prepared by student chefs in the spoan of a single class period, so I expected it to be easy.  Well, I don’t mean to brag, but the results were fabulous!  You and your students will definitely enjoy preparing these impressive individual desserts! 

Made from just six simple ingredients, the soufflés bake in just 18 to 20 minutes!  Almost instant success!  This one is definitely going into Four Course FACS!

What shall we make this weekend?  How about some Lemon Gelato?  Delizioso!

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Attitude Adjustment

I was a little appalled when I sat down to write this post and realized that I haven’t shared anything since December 13.  That’s nearly a month ago!  Sorry to have been so negligent.  Guess the holidays and some pretty serious winter weather conditions have distracted me from my FACS obligations.  I promise to do better in the future.  Please accept my belated good wishes for a happy, healthy and FACS-friendly 2014.  Let’s commit together to making this the year that we begin to rebuild the public image of FACS and once again make our programs vital and recognized for their true worth.

That train of thought leads me to share one of my most firm New Year’s resolutions for 2014.  I vow to keep the tone of these blog posts more informative and much less preachy in the future. 

With the #Save FACS series that I completed shortly before Christmas I shared a lot of ideas for generally improving the image of FACS/Home Economics.  While I hope that those suggestions were received in the spirit in which that were offered, I realize that I may have come across as being critical and egotistical, as if I have all the answers.  That was absolutely never my intent.  However I feel that it’s time for me to get back to what I do best: sharing ideas and information that you can use in your classroom to FACSessorize your lessons.  FYI—FACSessorize is my original term for adding interesting content and instructional methods to your lesson plans to make them more memorable and relevant. 

I’ve been collecting and organizing a wealth of ideas, activities, cool facts and figures, terms and other snippets of information that you can use to “spice up” your already fabulous FACS lesson plans.  I promise to share these instructional treasures with you on a regular, if somewhat unstructured basis. 

I hesitate to commit to a set posting schedule because I am working very hard on finishing a new resource called Four Course FACS, A Fictional Culinary Adventure, which I hope to have completed by the end of March.  It’s based on the absolutely wonderful teen novel Pizza, Love and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams. 

It’s going to be a fun and fabulous resource for bringing reading into Foods/Culinary Arts classes.  The novel is a treasure trove of culinary references and I’m having a great time creating a curriculum based on the story’s theme.  My goal is that Four Course FACS will allow Culinary Arts students to use their textbooks simply as references and make the novel and the activities in Four Course FACS their primary instructional guides for their culinary training.  It’s a bit of a revolutionary concept, I know, but isn’t that just what we need in FACS right now?  Oops!  There I go again!  Sorry!

As the photo above indicates, we plan to bundle Four Course FACS, A Fictional Culinary Adventure with a copy of Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous.  As a bonus we will also be including CD versions of Cooking Up Success and The Educated Palate.  With the addition of two of our most popular culinary resources, FACS teachers will have a complete instructional library of lab-tested recipes, classroom experiences and student activities.  To follow the development of Four Course FACS and receive notification of its release, sign up to follow this blog and watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates.

I’m excited about the experiences that lie ahead in the New Year!  What are you excited about in 2014?  I’d love to hear what’s on your mind!