TEEN CONNECTIONS - 8th Grade
FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES
"FACS - Real Skills for Real Life"
COURSE TITLE: Teen Connections
DESCRIPTION:Teen Connections is a one year Career Tech for 8th grade students.
NO PREREQUISITE REQUIRED
GOAL: This course is designed to prepare students for the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social changes that characterize adolescence. My class outline includes personal, family, and peer relationships, food and health, clothing, consumer issues, child development, housing, technology, and career exploration. This class will aid students in answering the Essential Question: “What skills do I need to be successful in life?”
DURATION OF COURSE: One year
TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE:
Week 1: Course Introduction-Getting Organized, Getting to Know Each
Week 2-3: Personal Connections (Personality Test / Values & Goals/ Leadership / Careers)
Week 4: Personal Connections (Decision Making, Relationships, Social Etiquette)
Week 5 Sewing Introduction (Terminology & Safety Test)
Week 6: Introduction of Hand Sewing Skills
Week 7-8: 1st Sewing Project Construction / Garment & Fabric Care / Laundry
Week 9-10: Kitchen Survival (Safety & Sanitation / Tools / Measuring / Recipe Interpretation & Safety Tests )
Week 11: Dining Etiquette (Manners & Table Setting Etiquette) / Foods Lab
Week 12: Meal Planning (Teen Food Choices & Nutrition) / Foods Lab
Week 13: Seasonal – Pies Foods Lab
Week 14: Review / Thanksgiving Break
Week 15: Holiday Treats / Foods Lab
Week 16: Teacher Appreciation / Foods Lab
Week 17: Review and Semester Exam
Week 18: Clean Department
Week 1: Substance Abuse, Decision Making (Choices & Consequences)
Week 2: Dating (Refusal Skills) and Marriage Skills
Week 3: Aptitude and Interest Inventories / Career Exploration
Week 4: Job Skills / Resume Building for College and Employment
Week 5: Budgeting & Money Skills / Teen Consumer/Buying Skills
Week 6: Housing Project (1 day Valentines Foods Lab )
Week 7: Housing Projects Completed & Displayed
Week 8-10 Child Development – Prenatal, Infant & Preschool (Babysitting Skills)
Week 11: St. Patrick’s Day Fun Foods Lab (Monday) / Sewing Machine Safety/Operation
Week 12-14: Design & Hand Stitch project from fleece remnants or felt / machine project TBA
Week 15: Entertaining / Salads & Appetizers Foods Lab
Week 16: Entertaining / Easy Desserts Foods Lab
Week 17: “Chopped” Challenges Foods Lab
Week 18: Review and Semester Exam
Week 19: Clean Department
*The order of units is subject to change due to school events, holidays, etc.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:
• Describe manners used in various settings
• Identify grooming habits that lead to a healthy appearance
• Describe ways to show respect for self, others, and property
• Compare verbal and nonverbal communication skills used to improve interpersonal relationships
• Describe characteristics of healthy relationships with family and friends
• Explain responsibilities involved in babysitting related to age, safety, and health
• Demonstrate safe & appropriate use of sewing equipment/skills/techniques
• Utilize appropriate care techniques of teen clothing
• Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of kitchen equipment
• Practice sanitation and safety procedures in the preparation of food
• Demonstrate basic table setting rules
• Evaluate the effect of food on health and appearance
• Analyze factors affecting teen food choices
• Explain types of eating disorders
• Compare the nutritive value and costs of snacks and fast foods
• Prepare nutritious snacks and meals
• Demonstrate the processes of making decisions and solving problems
• Determine how needs and wants influence teen behavior in the marketplace
• Explain how housing meets the needs of individuals and society.
• Demonstrate skills for managing finances
• Demonstrate procedures for obtaining employment
• Explore careers in family and consumer sciences
ASSIGNMENTS AND HOMEWORK: Ample time will be provided in class to complete most of the assignments. Some projects will require that information be gathered or work be completed at home and evaluated by parents. Due to the nature of the course, students should make every effort to be in class each day. If a student misses school, it is their responsibility to get notes and make up any missed assignments in a timely manner. This can be done by reviewing the unit checklist then getting needed handouts and instructions. Students will be shown where to get this information in the classroom.
Personality Assessments, Ability & Aptitude Tests, & Resulting Career Match Plan Project
Meal Planning Home Foods Lab
Financial Plan / Budget
Interior Design/Decorating Project
Childcare Plan / Project
EVALUATION AND GRADING: Each nine weeks the student’s grade will be determined as a percentage of the total points available. Opportunities for bonus points will be made available throughout the grading period. Students will be encouraged, and sometimes required, to utilize peer reviews, self-evaluation, and parent evaluation.
McAdory Middle School adheres to the following grading scale:
90 – 100% A
80 – 89% B
70 – 79% C
60 – 69% D
Below 60% F
MATERIALS REQUIRED OF THE STUDENT in class EACH DAY
Please (by second week of school)
3 - #2 Pencils, 1 blue or black pen, erasers
1 highlighter (color of your choice)
1 Glue stick
1 pr small scissors
Tab dividers (8)
One 1½ “ - 3 ring view binder (Crystal clear overlay on front, spine and back cover of binder allows for custom cover design.)
1 composition notebook
1 box Kleenex
1 bottle hand sanitizer
LATER - YOUR SON/DAUGHTER WILL NEED (reminders will be posted on line)
** one - Men’s button up, long sleeved, shirt (button up type - not polo -- one that Dad or big brother no longer wants)...to be upcycled in class.
** Sewing project fabric & notions (separate note will be sent home explaining what is needed and when)
**Home meal preparation groceries (note will be sent home in advance)
**Community service project supplies as determined by the class at the end of each semester if time allows.
REQUESTED DONATIONS FOR OUR CLASSROOM:
***FAMILIES are asked to consider donating: Bandaids (non-medicated type), Clorox wipes, Kleenex, paper towels, hand sanitizer, & jumbo Ziploc bags – must be the zip type). There will be an on-going need for these items throughout the year, so please send them in any and every time that it is convenient for you.
CLASSROOM RULES FOR SUCCESS:
My classroom rules are simple and straightforward. They are listed below, will be posted in the classroom at all times, and will be reviewed in detail at the beginning of the semester. Refresher lessons will be provided as needed.
BE RESPECTFUL (of people and property) - Disrespect and defiance from students toward teachers/staff will not be tolerated and will result in immediate and swift discipline. Harassment and/or bullying will also never be tolerated - and will result in an immediate write-up, phone call home, and trip to the Administrator’s office.
BE RESPONSIBLE (for yourself, for your work and property) - In general, in life, if you don’t work - you don’t eat. In my class I try to instill the very important quality of a strong work ethic. It students don’t do the work (usually individual or collaborative book work before the Lab; they forfeit their Lab privileges. They receive zeros for both assignments and cannot make up the work.)
BE RESOURCEFUL (think outside the box) - Being cognizant of your surroundings, aware of and meeting deadlines; your co-workers and or peers; not wasting your time; not taking the attitude that “I’m done. So, now I can sit while others struggle around me.”; but instead working beyond the call of duty.
I try diligently to make sure the consequences of breaking class rules match the severity and/or frequency of the infraction. With that in mind, consequences may include the following:
• Verbal warning
• One on one counsel with student
If behavior continues,
• Phone call / email to parent & discipline referral to Principal
• I follow the MMS outlined discipline policy
IMPORTANT CLASS PROCEDURES: Be aware of the following procedures as they may greatly affect your grade.
DAILY DIRECTIONS – Upon entering the classroom each day, students should:
• Enter classroom orderly, quietly
• Be seated @ assigned seat before the tardy bell rings.
• Look for any bellringer/instructions on the whiteboard and follow the directions listed. If no explicit instructions are posted, students should remain seated quietly at their assigned table.
There should be:
• No eating or drinking in classroom (only with teacher’s permission),
• No personal grooming.
• No talking or disturbing the class when the teacher is talking or during instruction.
• No use of cell phone for any reason – all personal electronics should be off & away each day (if personal electronic devices are allowed there will be a sign posted in the room and will be verbally informed by the teacher).
• TARDIES – Students who enter the classroom after the tardy bell without a pass will be marked tardy in INOW, and must sign the class tardy log. For student NOT to be counted tardy, he/she must bring in a specific note from teacher /administrator. Students must come in without bringing attention to themselves and begin work quietly.
• RESTROOM – Passes to the restroom will only be issued on an emergency basis. Students need to make every effort to use restroom between classes.
• PENCIL SHARPENER – Students should sharpen pencils BEFORE class begins; however, should the need arise during class time, they may go quietly to the pencil sharpener (without asking permission) at any time EXCEPT when someone is addressing the class as a whole (this includes announcements over the intercom system). This same rule applies for the use/need of other items such as tissues, staplers, tape dispenser, etc.
• PASSING IN PAPERS or ISNS - Papers should be passed to the right of the room and the “Materials Collector” will collect them, put a paperclip on them and put them in the correct location. NO NAME ON WORK TURNED IN – If work is turned in with no name, it will be placed in the “No Name” folder. It is the sole responsibility of the student to claim their work, write their name on it, and then re-submit the work so that the grade can be recorded. If this is not done, in a timely manner (within one week) the score will remain a zero.
• ENTERING AND EXITING CLASS – Students may not enter classroom before teacher’s permission and students should stand in a line against the wall outside classroom door until teacher allows entrance (MMS Policy) No one is to leave before the room is straightened, chairs pushed in, tables cleaned, equipment returned, and garbage picked up from floor. Students should not stand at desks or door, waiting on time to leave. Students will remain seated until I dismiss the class.
• LAB SAFETY - One major safety test will be given. Students MUST SCORE 100% on these test in order to work in the foods or sewing lab. Multiple attempts will be allowed (tests being given in following weeks). Anyone not following the lab instructions or safety rules will lose lab points. ** Refusal to do job assigned, or horseplay in lab, will cause students to be removed from the lab and will receive a zero grade for the lab. I adhere to a strict “NO WORK - NO EAT” policy with regards to our foods labs; meaning if student refuses to do (or chooses not to do) assigned classwork preceding foods lab – he or she will not be allowed to participate in foods lab and will receive a zero for the lab, as well as classwork.
• MISSED WORK - If a student misses class for an excused reason, they should be proactive and look in the “absent” folder for missed work. They may see me, or fellow student, with any questions. Typically, unit “study guides” and “terms to know” will always need to be made up if they are missed. Textbooks may be checked out if necessary.
• DAILY CLASS WORK is expected to be turned in on the day it is assigned. Late work will be accepted; however,10 points, per day, will be deducted. Once a unit is finished, NO work in that unit will be accepted for a grade.
• MAJOR PROJECTS may be turned in late; however, 10 points per day will be deducted from the student’s project grade. (I do not count weekends as extra days.)
NOTE: A SIGNATURE PAGE SHOULD COME HOME WITH YOUR STUDENT ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Please sign and return THIS PAGE (by August 15th) indicating that you (both student & parent) understand and agree to the class rules and procedures mentioned in the attached syllabus. This also indicates that you are aware of the materials that are required for this class.__________________________________________________________________________
FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. While everyone is part of a family, FCCLA is the only national career, and technical student organization with the family as its central focus. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers and communities by addressing important personal, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. Today over 250,000 members in nearly 7,000 chapters are active in a network of associations in 50 states as well as in the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, culinary arts, teen violence and career exploration.
Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life -- planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication -- necessary in the home and workplace.
To promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through--
• character development
• creative and critical thinking
• interpersonal communication
• practical knowledge as well as vocational preparation
• to provide opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life
• to strengthen the function of the family as a basic unit of society
• to encourage democracy through cooperative action in the home and community
• to encourage individual and group involvement in helping achieve global cooperation and harmony
• to promote greater understanding between youth and adults
• to provide opportunities for making decisions and for assuming responsibilities.
• to prepare for the multiple roles of men and women in today's society
• to promote family and consumer sciences and related occupations
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