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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!!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

New classroom space getting started Summer 2016 post 2

Last night's blog, I started the photos from the main door around the transition space and into the classroom space.

The first space I refer to it as the transition space. It connects the kitchen lab area and the classroom designated area. Within the transition space is a tall bookshelf with textbooks, classroom telephone, tri-fold mirror, the only bulletin board, a wall of lower cabinets (half with extra kitchen wares and half with child development/parenting supplies), and a storage closet (filled from top to bottom).

Remember it is 3 rooms in one. Today's post will show more of the classroom space and most of the kitchen space before I got to moving around or adding any decorative touches. (Decorative theme for the environment will be camping/outdoors/nature.)

You've stepped just inside the archway about half-way along wall looking towards the right.

You've walked down the right wall by the file cabinets and are looking across.

You've walked out of the classroom area and into the transition space by the other opening next to the lower cabinets row and are now looking straight across to kitchen 1 and 2.

You've stayed in same spot and have turned to the right seeing kitchen 3 in the back corner, the tops of the dryer and washer, and then glimpses of piles for kitchens 4 & 5.

You've stayed in about the same spot but have now turned to the left seeing the 2nd door (used mostly as an emergency exit) and the refrigerators (one for FACS use and the other for SP ED functional living skills use). To the left of the door (back side of the storage closet), there are 2 large wooden cabinets (filled with the old plastic student sewing trays and used for sewing notions, child development craft supplies, and misc. office supplies) that are waiting to be moved into the classroom space at the far end.

Will update again in about 1 week to show progress of the spaces!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

New classroom space and just getting started Summer 2016 post 1

FACS classroom has 3 spaces or 3 rooms in one

Lots of space to manage

Lots of wall space to decorate

Some chaos to get sorted and organized and possibly inventoried before school starts

So let's have a look--
You've just stepped inside 1 of 2 doors (main use).

You've shifted focus straight across from main doorway.

You've stepped across to the opening to the classroom space to look back to the main door.

You've walked down to the south end of the classroom space and are looking down the room.

That's part one. More will be posted soon of other corners and spaces not seen yet. These were taken in late June 2016. Please note: maintenance has painted all walls white and have already waxed floors!!! The classroom space walls were an antique ivory white and had at least 6 different stencil patterns that had been painted around the room. I felt it was imperative to start with a clean slate--a clean fresh look for the FACS room. If there are any students who had been in the room before, I want them to notice and feel a difference from before.

Also my husband helped move all the desks and chairs into a box shape (not quite the u-shape I wanted). I'll wait and see what my highest enrollment is and might be able to rearrange just before school starts. And for safety sake and traffic flow, there are at least 5 open spots around the seating and teacher desk area (not shown until next post).

Stay tuned for more of the early stage photos of a classroom transformation.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Completed sample of Culinary Arts hospitality vocabulary activity

Interactive notebook entry & pineapple symbol for hospitality used for vocab terms

For teacher's sample interactive notebook:

and see what is folded and attached to the back side of the pineapple:

The instruction sheet has been trimmed down, folded, and only taped along the back of the title end. Students will be expected to tape it (pineapple) only along one side to create a hinge and make it easy to grade.

Note: Something I thought of later was citing websites/sources for definitions. Please look carefully at the leaves.

Another hospitality resource using pineapple motif

Hospitality Terms to review

Entry for interactive notebook if trimmed/fussy cut before taping or gluing onto next page of composition notebook

Terms and directions for vocabulary activity: (there are many more terms available)

Pattern sheet that accompanies the vocabulary activity:

Hope you and your students have fun with this interactive differentiated vocabulary activity for hospitality!