FACS-Long Learner

One of the greatest things about teaching FACS is that there’s always something new to learn.  I suppose you could say the same thing about every subject area, but nothing compares to FACS for incorporating academics, art, music, and even pop culture.  FACS is always evolving and expanding and as teachers we need to be not just lifelong learners, but FACS-long learners, as well!  Yeah, I’m making up words/terms again!  It’s a writer’s prerogative!

For example, here’s something I learned just today.  It was 58 years ago today that the fall-out-of-your-chair funny grape-stomping scene of I Love Lucy! was filmed.  I would be willing to bet that most of your students (and maybe many of you) have never seen this clip.  How sad is that??!!  If you haven’t seen it, I’m happy to be the one to share what is most likely the funniest scene ever made for television.  If you have seen it, take a few minutes to relax, laugh, and enjoy it again. 

lucy grape stomp The entire grape-stomping scene lasts about eight and a half minutes.  The video on this site is clearer than the ones on YouTube.  

Lucy’s Grape Stomp

You can watch the full episode on the CBS site for best quality. 

Sophie 3 In case you’re wondering about the connection between this famous video clip and Four-Course FACS (our topic for the week), well it’s simple!  In Chapter Seven of Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous, main character Sophie gets the chance to stomp grapes on a field trip to a winery.  Sophie actually references the grape-stomping scene from I love Lucy!  Showing students this video clip would be a great way to supplement that chapter of the novel and instruction on wine production.  See what I mean??!!  FACS connections are everywhere!! 

Even though I taught FACS for 32 years, I learned so much from reading Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous!  I know that both you and your students will benefit greatly from reading this wonderful novel and experiencing the activities in Four-Course FACS!  Check it out on the Fresh FACS website!

Don’t forget that tomorrow and Friday we’ll be sharing our exclusive Q & A with Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous author, Kathryn Williams!

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