Here is a great activity for students in a Child Development course, Human Growth and Development, or Foundations to Early Childhood class. I have a Foundations class that would rather complete a project than take notes, so I try to find creative ways for them to learn the information they need.
Child Abuse is often a hard topic to talk about for me, because it is so hard to see the damaging effects of child abuse. It can also be a pretty sensitive topic depending on the students in our classrooms. I wanted students to learn more about child abuse and really look at the damaging effects as well as see real stories about child abuse and the effects of it. After my students have completed this project, we are going to have a discussion day to talk about the things they learned from the project and about ways we can help children who are victims of child abuse and what we can do to be proactive in the prevention of child abuse.
This activity is based on several lap-book ideas I have seen on the Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher’s Facebook group. Not all these ideas are my own. I took ideas from other teachers to create a project that could fit into my class for the needs of my students.
Project Directions Here: The Consequences of Child Abuse Lapbook
If you happen to use this project in class, please share pictures of your students work here, so we can see all the great things happening in FCS classrooms!
As part of my nutrition and wellness class, we are learning about and discussing fad diets. A few months ago, I had a former student give a presentation on juicing. She had done a 10 day juice cleanse for a project and needed to present her information to another group. It was a great opportunity for her to speak to our class, and it was great for my class too. During her presentation, she mentioned the documentary, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”. It sounded quite interesting, so I purchased the DVD, watched it, and tried to decide how to incorporate it into my classroom.
We are on a block schedule, so Tuesday we watched the documentary. It is a little over 90 minutes long. I picked out two recipes from the recipe book my student had given us. We choose the “Mean Green” that is used in the movie, and a Pear Pie Delight. The students loved it! They didn’t all like the green juice, but everyone liked the Pear Pie Delight. We also shared with a few teachers and administrators our juice. After juicing, my students completed a Reflective Essay about the movie that I found on Google and adjusted it to fit my class.
Here are the juice recipes and the Reflective Essay assignment (found from a Google Search of the movie) I used for class.
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead Writing Assignment
Joe’s Mean Green
4 green apples
16 Kale Leaves
8 Celery Sticks
2 in. piece of ginger
Pear Pie Delight
1 sweet potato
1 red apple
1 1/3 cups blueberries