To help students remember their English system volume measurements I tell them a story about the Great Land of Gallon.
- Draw a giant G and tell the students about the Great Land of Gallon
- The land is ruled by four queens. (Draw four Q’s inside the G)
- Each queen has two children. What do we call children of queens? Princes and princesses! (Draw two p’s inside each Q)
- We’re cat people around here. Each prince and princess have two! (Draw two C’s inside each p.)
I admit to the students that my version is very corny and that I’m sure they can think of something better. I ask them to work in groups to make a poster to help remember the English system volume measurements.
The poster must have
- A saying to remember the measurements in order
- A drawing of the G-Q-P-C diagram
- An illustration to help visualize the saying
When the students have a rough draft on scratch paper I give them a sheet of construction paper. Each group’s color corresponds with their kitchen to help emphasize the color coding.
I’m always right- The students have better versions than me. And their posters add bright color to my kitchens!
This year my Food and Nutrition students collaborated with our school nurse to do a bulletin board about fad diets. After learning about what a balanced plate should look like (according to USDA guidelines) students researched a fat diet and drew what a plate would look like. Needless to say there was not a lot of balance!
We posted the plates and fad-diet tips on the bulletin board near the nurse’s office with MyPlate pictures that I cut from free hand-outs.
Too often my students think that a career in foodservice means flipping burgers for the rest of their lives. What I tell them is that yes, you will start flipping burgers. But if you demonstrate the skills you learn in your FCS classes and are a hard worker, you will quickly move up the pay scale and career ladder! Assistant managers at McDonalds can make as much as a first-year teacher and have excellent benefits.
There are dozens of other exciting careers for students interested in Family and Consumer Sciences. One career that I especially endorse is my own! My graduating class at Iowa state had, and has had for several years, a 100% job placement rate. There are currently 14 openings in Iowa alone! My job is exciting, creative, and different every day.
I collect newspaper articles on my bulletin board for students to explore culinary careers. Next to each article I make a star with the job title next to it. I also highlight job shadow experiences in the family and human services field.
You can view the Google document that I used to make the stars for my bulletin board. Download a copy for yourself and change the career titles to fit the articles you find! Google also likes to change my fonts so you can personalize those as well.
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