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From many years ago as member in 4-H and FHA clubs, my love grew for Home Economics-arts and teaching.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Morsel of an Idea: Interactive Notebook Culinary Math page and a Sewing Math page

Math in Culinary classes--reviewing tablespoons in a cup and Math in Sewing classes--reviewing inches in a yard

This week I've spent a lot of time looking at elementary teacher blogs to see what great ideas I can "steal" and tweak for FACS classes. And at least 2 kindergarten teachers have introduced notebooks during their math/calendar group time in order to keep the kinders engaged. Both have sheets inserted into page protectors so that students can use dry erase or Vis-à-vis markers on them. Children can have practice pages with sample copies of what gets introduced or reviewed on the bulletin board. If not familiar with "calendar" boards math times, it is a whole group instruction time to only take 10 minutes or so to cover day of the week, yesterday was, today is, tomorrow will be, today's weather, today's season, the number of the day expressed in ones or tens, the number of the school day expressed in ones or tens or hundreds, and any additional concepts and/or skills the teacher wants to include.

Since I've had high school students struggle with simple mathematics necessary for cooking and sewing, I thought maybe creating some culinary math and sewing math calendar notebook pages would help. Students can have a section in their binder for the "calendar" work.

Culinary and Math Cup and Tablespoons measurements

1 cup =
___ ___ tablespoons
½ cup =
___ ___ tablespoons
¼ cup =
___ ___ tablespoons
¾ cup =
___ ___ tablespoons
3 teaspoons =
___ tablespoon
1 cup =
3 x 16 = ___ ___ teaspoons

Measuring Spoons | I got mine for my wedding years ago, and … | Flickr  Measure Cups Free Stock Photo - Public Domain Pictures created by Becca Sadler 2017 https://beccasheartland3.blogspot.com


and for sewing:

Sewing and Math Yard Fractions

4/4 = 1 yard =
_______ inches
½ or 2/4 yard =  
_______ inches
¾ yard ( ¼ + ¼ + ¼)=
_______ inches
¼ yard =
_______ inches
3/3 = 1 yard =
_______ inches
⅓ yard =
_______ inches
⅔ yard  (⅓ + ⅓ )=
_______ inches

Measuring Tape Free Stock Photo - Public Domain Pictures        Image from page 14 of "The new dressmaker; with complete a… | Flickr     created by Becca Sadler 2017; https://beccasheartland3.blogspot.com


Saturday, June 24, 2017

1800s fashions

photos taken at Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Iowa


Students will be able to describe, apply, and analyze differences in clothing and fashion accessories of the 2000s to the 1800s.

What did great-great grandma wear? What choices were available? Was there a wide range in fabrics, trimmings, buttons, etc.?

dresses with 2 christening gowns framed up above
fur coats
on the left above: hats, hair clips, handbags; on bottom right above: glove, watches, jewelry; and then upper right case above: "shirtwaists"/blouses
above is close-up of some of the beaded handbags/"reticules" that adult women would have carried to the theater, a ballroom, or other cultural high society functions. These would not have been used for every day use to go to the general store or even most churches. They would be too ostentatious for more practical daily use.
These items are on displayed in the fashion section in the north end of the Buffalo Bill Museum. LeClaire, Iowa is about 1 mile north of I-80 at the Mississippi River bridge. LeClaire is part of the Quad Cities metro area that lies on both side of Mississippi River with Rock Island and Moline for Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf for Iowa.

1800s home making advances and technology

photos taken @ Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Iowa


Students will be able to describe, apply and analyze differences between home-making in 2000s versus 1800s.

What did laundry care machinery look like in the 1800s? Was it even available? Soaps? Detergents? Irons? Ironing boards? Washers? Dryers?

wringers, washboards, tumblers
What did typical furniture and accessories look like in the mid-1800s?
Buffalo Bill Museum's focus is on William Cody's famous frontiersman showmanship career but also the life and times in Iowa and along the Mississippi River within the Quad Cities area. The museum staff also have displays on Native American culture including arrowheads, cradleboards, tribal leaders, and so on. It is well worth the admittance fee to visit. The museum is located in downtown LeClaire and sits parallel to the Mississippi River. Located within the south section is an actual steamer, Lone Star, that operated for many years on the Mississippi River system. Tucked in a corner is a 1939 Craft Cruiser on display. So many artifacts to examine from the 1800s and 1900s within this 1 museum!!!!