Family & Consumer Science

6th Grade:
Sixth graders focus on Child Development which is one of the four strands of Family and Consumer Sciences. Students will learn about how children grow and learn, and how to work with them. Valuable childcare skills which can help students with babysitting or even looking after younger siblings are discussed. In the textile lab, students will be make a felt puppet for young children. In the kitchen, students will learn kitchen terms, measurements, and recipes for healthy snacks.

7th Grade:
Consumerism and the World of Work are a central part of the 7th grade FCS curriculum as presentations by Junior Achievement guest speakers add real world relevance to these concepts. In the kitchen, students pour chocolate candy bars into molds that are created in STEM class. Then candy bars are wrapped in wrappers that are also generated in STEM class. This collaborative project helps students learn about the myriad of careers associated with the food industry. The textiles project is a stuffed toy crafted from socks and other decorative notions. This project develops machine and hand sewing skills, and creativity.

8th Grade:
Eighth graders use skills learned from the previous two years to make more complicated foods, including a full meal lab. The six nutrients are discussed as students prepare recipes that are sources of these essential nutrients. Cooperative group skills are also emphasized during the textiles project. In small groups, students will design and create a crib-size or lap quilt that will be donated to individuals or organizations in the community.