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Teacher Recommended Websites:

This list is not regularly maintained; if you see a link that needs correcting, please contact the Nebraska Department of Education FCS professional assistant. Click on a "box" to access web sites recommended by Nebraska FCS Teachers. Teachers wishing to make a contribution should send an email message to Carol Ringenberg with the following information: Identification of section in which resource is to be placed, name or title of resource, web address, and a short description. Inclusion of a specific site on this page does not necessarily imply endorsement of the site by the Nebraska Department of Education.

 

Family as a System

Parenting

Human Growth and Development

Consumer Resources and Management

Nutrition/Wellness/Foods

Living Environments

Textiles and Apparel

Work Readiness

Family, Career and Community Connections

Balancing Work and Family

Curriculum

   
 

 

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

  • Discovery School http://www.discoveryschool.com
    The following are appropriate for 6-8 grades: (found in the health category)
    (1)  Sexual Pressures - understand sexual pressures among teen youth and personal approaches to addressing it.
    (2)  Smoke Signals - know behaviors and resources that maintain good health and understand the physical effects of smoking and ways to avoid it.
    (3)  Self Esteem - analyze personal strengths and weaknesses and explore the concept of good self esteem and its effects on their life.
    (4)  Resolving Conflicts - identify different types of hurtful behavior, ways to cope with it and ways to treat others with respect.
    (5)  Cruel Schools - Analyze the cycle of violence and identify ways to make a difference in their schools.

FAMILY AS A SYSTEM

 

PARENTING

  • Breast Feeding vs. Formula Feeding
    Used information to structure a class debate on this issue with students drawing for the 'side' then looking for information on websites.  Grades 10-12.  Related sites are:
    http://health.indiamart.com/ and http://www.fca.gov/fdac/features/895_brstfeed.html
  • Child development timeline and one-minute videos http://www.talaris.org/parentingcounts.htm
    If you click on "Spotlight" you can see a number of one-minute videos on specific issues. There are six that are functioning now, but it appears there will be about 25 when they are all developed and activated.  If you click on "Timeline" you will find a research-based timeline. Navigate through it either by age (0-5) or by area of development (social, cognitive, language, sensory, motor skills)

HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Parenting Counts http://www.parentingcounts.org Human development information and developmental timeline (based on research) for children from birth to 5 years.
  • Coalition on Human Needs www.chn.org
  • Death and Dying www.ezarrange.com Information on costs, vocabularty of funerals, etc.
  • Sexuality Education Gateway to Lesson Plans/Learning Activities www.safehealthyschools.org/sexualityeducation/gateway.htm This gateway is designed to help teachers and other educators locate good lesson plans and classroom-based learning activities in sexuality education from credible sources. They are screened for their general educational value, pornography and commercialism only. You still need to check with your schoold district policies and use your own professional judgement on whether these lessons and activities are appropriate for your students. The Canadian Association for School Health thanks the Division of Sexual Health Promotion and STD Prevention Control, Health Canada for the support needed to develop this site.
  • Sexual Integrity for Teens: Information for Educators www.agnr.umd.edu/nnfr/adolsex/inform/ Fact sheets and educators guides from the National Network for Family Resiliency. Ideas and information for teaching sexuality issues.
  • Sexual Integrity for Teens:  Information for Educators
    http://www.agnr.umd.edu/nnfr/adolsex/inform/
    Fact sheets and educator guides from the National Network for Family Resiliency.  Ideas and information for teaching sexuality issues.
  • Sexual Integrity for Teens:  Information for Educators
    http://www.agnr.umd.edu/nnfr/adolsex/inform/
    Fact sheets and educator guides from the National Network for Family Resiliency.  Ideas and information for teaching sexuality issues.
  • Discovery School http://www.discoveryschool.com
    The following are appropriate for 6-8 grades: (found in the health category)
    (1)  The Changes of Puberty - for both boys and girls
    (2)  Deadly Highs - the short- and long-term effects of drug use and personal approaches to substance abuse, control and prevention.
    (3) First Steps (found in the Human Body category) - a look a foreign language acquisition in young children.
    (4) Language Acquisition - importance of reading to language acquisition
    For Grades 9-12:
    (5)  Nature vs. Nurture (found in Contemporary Studies) - Understand the debate of effects on personality development and review recent research.
    The next several are found in Human Body category:
    (6)  In Vitro Fertilization - actual process and the physiological, ethical and legal questions posed.
    (7) Genetic Engineering -ethical issues concerning reproductive medicine.
    (8) Stories of AIDS - effects of AIDS on individuals, families and friends.
    (9) AIDS: Who's at Risk - how AIDS is contracted, awareness and prevention
    Then, by doing a search by title:
    (10)  Stages of Life - Erickson's eight stages of development.
    (11)  Understanding Stereotypes - how assumptions lead to stereotypes and how they affect our lives.
    (12)  The Cycle of Addiction - the cycle and prevention, family and peer influence.
  • Stages of Child Development http://www.pampers.com
    Live-site pages for all stages of physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.
  • Virtual Hospital http://www.vh.org/VCH/
  • Parenting Topics/Teen Issues http://www.wholefamily.com/aboutyourkids/index.html
    Many parenting topics as well as resources for kids about commonly-asked, challenging questions.
  • ttp://www.teachingsexualhealth.ca/pages/lessonplans/abuse.html 
    Access lesson plans by grade level or topics such as abuse & assault, anatomy & physiology, contraception, decision making, puberty, relationships, and sexually transmitted diseases.

CONSUMER RESOURCES AND MANAGEMENT

  • Consumer Jungle http://www.consumerjungle.org
    Sponsored by Young Adult Consumer Education Trust (YACET).  Interactive web based program covering credit, transportation, e-commerce, telecommunications and living on your own.
  • It All Adds Up http://www.italladdsup.org
    National Council on Economic Education site with interactive program with on-line games and simulations on credit management, buying a car, paying for college, savings and investing.
  • Foundation for Teaching Economics http://www.fte.org/teachers/lesson/lessons.htm
    Provides resources, activities and lesson plans for teaching economic concepts.
  • EconEdLink--National Council on Economic Education
    Huge amount of lesson plans that could also be used for Family Living and/or Comprehensive FCS depending on time and level of understanding.
    http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/

NUTRITION/WELLNESS/FOODS

GLOBAL

SAFETY AND SANITATION

  • Bacteria Search Game
    http://www.fooddetectives.com/
  • Discovery School
    http://www.discoveryschool.com
    The following are appropriate for 6-8 grades: (found in the health category)
    (1)  Extreme Measures - understand the importance of personal diet and exercise and identify specific physical and emotional characteristics that can lead to eating disorder.
    (2)  Eat Right, Stay Fit - assess personal eating habits and learn the relationship among metabolism, calories and diets.
    (3) Quests for Better Health (6-8 and 9-12) - applying an overview of health and the human body to their own situations.
    Found in the Contemporary Studies category:
    (4)  Culture and Obesity (9-12) - learn how culture affects body image, examine personal prejudices toward obese people and their feelings about their own body.

FOOD AND SCIENCE

FOOD PREPARATION


LIVING ENVIRONMENTS

HOMELESSNESS

HOUSE TYPES AND ROOF TYPES

HOUSING DECISIONS

INTERIOR DECORATING/CREATING A LAYOUT DESIGN ONLINE

 

TEXTILES AND APPAREL

WORK READINESS

FAMILY, CAREER AND COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

 

BALANCING WORK AND FAMILY

 

TEACHER RESOURCES

Lesson Plan Sources

  • lessonplanspage.com
  • www.edhelper.com
  • www.atozteacherstuff.com
Click on Family & Consumer Sciences and then on Web Resources.  From there you have two choices - student links and teacher links. 

GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES

CURRICULUM

READING CONNECTIONS

  • Scientific American
    Short, but informative article "previews" that can be used as an anticipatory set - quick-write, bell activity or reading comprehension quiz.
    www.sciamdigital.com
  • The New York Times Learning Network
    Variety of uses, Science Q & A and/or News Snapshot could be used as anticipatory set--quick-write, bell activity or reading comprehension quiz
    http://www.nytimes.com/learning/index.html
  • RHL School
    All are written at elementary &/or middle school level, work well for concept reinforcement as bell work/reading comprehension activities. Short, quick, questions are already written.
    www.rhlschool.com
  • University of Houston--The Engines of Our Ingenuity
    These are somewhat short, but informative articles from a radio show that can be use as an anticipatory set--quick-write, bell activity or reading comprehension quiz. Questions would have to be written.
    http://www.uh.edu/engines/
  • Teachnology
    On-line teacher resource. Have to search to find applicable reading comprehension activities (industrial revolution--nylon)
    http://www.teach-nology.com
  • ScienCentralNews--Making Sense of Science
    Videos could be shown smartboard, Vision or LCD. (They are the same as the article). Articles for reading comprehension activities, questions would have to be written. Huge range of topics which reinforce how science areas relate to fcs classes.
    http://www.sciencentral.com/
  • NASA
    Videos &/or Slide Shows could be shown smartboard, Vision or LCD. Short reference articles for reading comprehension activities, questions would have to be written.
    http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/living/index.html

GENERAL CURRICULUM IDEAS

SCIENCE CONNECTIONS

  • The Why Files--Science Behind the News
    These are somewhat short, but informative articles that can be used for reading comprehension/strategies. Questions would have to be written. The interactives are cool, but don't apply to our area (blew a lot of time on the baseball batting)
    http://whyfiles.org/
  • Hot Chalk--The Lesson Plan Page
    Quick experiments that reinforce science principles.
    http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SciExperiments.htm
  • The Lemelson Center-- The Study of Invention and Innovation (Smithsonian Museum)
    1st address is "home", 2nd address is bio's of inventors, 3rd address is "Importance of Play" featuring massive amount of stuff, 4th address is "Whole Cloth: Discovering Science and Technology Through American Textile History" curriculum featuring math, science, history.
    http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SciExperiments.htm

MATH CONNECTIONS