• 8th grade Advanced FCS Semester Update Outline  
    (Spring Semester 2020) 

    Hello wonderful 8th graders, Greetings from home.   I hope you are hanging in there and finding news activities to fill your days and evenings.  I trust you have heard from your Hawk Time teacher and some of your Core Teachers.  This distant learning can be fun and engaging with a positive attitude.  I hope you challenge yourself with some great learning.  Even the teachers are learning new ways to present lessons and keep connected with all of you.  Believe it or not, we do miss you! 


    I am going to first start with providing the outline of what we would have accomplished by the end of the school year.  When we last met (most of us on March 13) most of you took the Nutrition & Wellness Pre-test.  We didn’t get to review or go over that activity, they are still in the classroom. 


    I will post new activities on a weekly basis that are related to nutrition and wellness.  I know with the provided references, activity sheets, YouTube video and even cooking shows, all of you could learn lots of the nutrition and wellness curriculum. 


    I will upload items to the Exploratory and Schoology.  Have fun.  I look forward to hearing from you about what great things you are learning during this unique experience.  Take care and stay healthy! 

        -Mrs. Gauck 

    Email: Denise.Gauck@D11.org

    Phone: 328-5690

    Office Hours: Wednesday and Friday 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.


    • Pre-test – What do you know about nutrition & wellness?  How well do you think did?  No worries, it is all just step by step experiences.  The more you get involved with food preparation, the more you will learn. 
    • Kitchen safety – getting familiar with work pace test - I will upload a safety test you can take – no grades will be given.  After a couple of weeks, I will post the answers so you can check to see if know understand kitchen safety practices! 


    • Kitchen tools – identify and describeI will upload a spread sheet from Nasco that defines common tool sheets – What I would love for you to do is check your kitchen and mark off all the tools your family has.  Do you call them the same name as the sheet?  While you are doing that, organize the kitchen tool drawer(s).  While you do that task, pour all of them out and deep clean the cabinet drawers.  Your parents will be thrilled!  In our school kitchen the drawers were three types – prep tools, range tools and silverware – at my home I have a metal, wood, silicone/plastic and baking tool drawer. 


    • Measuring correctly – high altitude adjustmentsDo you know how to properly measure ingredients & what tools are the best for measuring?  Watch an online video – here is on that is simple and accurate.  



    • Reading recipes – formats – evaluation – time management + figuring the cost of a product 

    Have you noticed how recipe styles vary?  Looking at cookbooks, recipe cards or even online websites.  What style of recipe do you like to use?  For a beginner, I love picture step by step recipe books. 

    Do you know hot to figure out a cost of a product?  I will create an activity sheet so you can learn how to estimate the cost of dish or even serving using basic math and information from the grocery store receipt and the product package. 


    • My Plate.gov – portion size – healthy choices- Reading labelsMost of you have heard of MyPlate, but have you ever looked up the website?  There are lots of great activities and even games to play to learn about food groups, basic nutrients and even how to check to see if you are getting enough nutrients for your lifestyle.  If you have a younger sibling, this could be a fun activity you could do together.  There are different levels of learning for age groups.  Check it out. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/ 
    • 6 major nutrients – Looking closer to what nutrients do for the bodyThis portion of the unit is one of my favorites for students.  The more you learn about the nutrients, the more you will be aware of the foods you eat.  (Well, at least that’s what I hope).  The six major nutrients were touched on briefly during one of the last days we spent together.  Remember they are: Proteins, Carbohydrates, Fats, Vitamins, Minerals and Water!  I will be creating some information links to learn about the nutrients in greater detail.  If you haven’t started to read food labels, now is a good time.  Activities will follow later. 


    • Meal management – meal appeal – dove tailingHave you ever wondered how some people can prepare and serve a meal with everything ready at serving time?  That takes lots of practice and planning.  It is called meal planning and there are meal principles to follow to help result in a wonderful meal.  Meal appeal principles include color, size/shape, textures, temperature, and flavors (cooking preparation methods).  More activities will follow later. 


    • Food labs / experiments > Part of your food preparation experiences may be influenced by the groceries your family purchases, the type of tools/equipment you have at home and your families’ preferences. 


    • This list is what we typically experienced in class – you will have opportunities to add or subtract foods you want to learn how to prepare and serve to your family.  
    • Smoothie lab – dairy & fruit – additional ingredients to add nutrition 
    • Waffle lab grain – quick bread method 
    • Yeast breads – Breadsticks – Cinnamon Rolls (rapid rise or tradition yeast bread methods) 
    • Meats – Dry heat/Moist Cooking Methods – Temperatures for safe consumption 
    • Vegetable lab ~Meat Lab veggie  
    • International Cooking Lab 

    I will create some experiences and activities to for each type of lab listed.  I will help you learn new facts from each of these labs utilizing different food groups.  Feel free to make a variety of foods for your families.  I am looking forward to receiving your feedback about what you learn and even share a photo of your finished product or your family enjoying your product. 


    • Exploring meal planning principles 
    • Soup & salad Appetizers  
    • Foreign food cookery, research and presentation 
    • Personal designed lab - your creation 


    Bon appétit   

    bon ap·pé·tit 

    /ˌbōn ˌapəˈtē/ 


    • 1. used as a salutation to a person about to eat.