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.
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.
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.
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.