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Teacher Recommended Websites

Teacher Recommended Websites:

This list includes websites teachers throughout the state of Nebraska have recommended to help with teaching content standards. Inclusion of a specific site on this page does not necssarily imply endorsement of the site by the Nebraska Department of Education. Teachers wishing to make a contribution should send an email message to Allison Kreifels with the following information: Identification of section in which resource is to be placed, name or title of the web address, and a short description.

   

Parenting Decisions / Child Development

Human Growth and Development

Relationships

Nutrition / Wellness / Foods / Culinary

Housing & Interior Design

Textiles, Construction & Design, Fashion Design

Introduction to Human Sciences/Family & Consumer Sciences

 

Life and Career Readiness

Curriculum Resources

 Teacher Resources

 
 

 
 

RELATIONSHIPS

 

PARENTING DECISIONS / CHILD DEVELOPMENT / EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Parenting Counts:  Developmental Timeline http://www.parentingcounts.org/information/timeline
Great visual representation of developmental timeline birth to 5 years of age and is divided between physical, social, learning, and communication skills

Pampers http://www.pampers.com/en-us
Resources for parents on pregnancy, newborns, baby, and toddler along with advice on handling issues at each stage

Family Child Care Academy http://familychildcareacademy.com/basic-theories-and-principles-of-child-development/
Short descriptions of many child development theorists as well as information on assessments, development, and developmental domains

Child Welfare Information Gateway https://www.childwelfare.gov/
Purpose is to connect child welfare and related professionals to resources to help protect children and strengthen families.  Resources include child abuse prevention, adoption services and programs, and out of home care

Childhelp https://www.childhelp.org/
Provides information on prevention, intervention, and treatment programs for those affected by child abuse

The Family Dinner Project http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/
Tips for cooking with your family as well as topics to discuss while eating dinner with your family and the advantages of eating together for both physical health and emotional growth

StorkNet http://www.storknet.org/
Resources for expectant parents as well as blogs from expectant and new mothers

Zero to Three http://www.zerotothree.org/
National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families website with developmental information, tips for those who work with children, and care and education.

Ability Path http://www.abilitypath.org/areas-of-development/
Resource for parents of children with special needs of all ages which covers all areas of development as well as information on health and daily care, toy selection, and educational services for children with special needs

NAEYC http://www.naeyc.org/
Licensing agency for high-quality child care facilities with information on public policy, accreditation, and articles related to the education of young children

Child Stats http://www.childstats.gov/
Report on the statistics related to children including family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health

Child Development Institute http://childdevelopmentinfo.com/
Articles concerning many topics as well as dedicated sections for ADD-ADHD, Parenting, and Child-Teen Health

March of Dimes http://www.marchofdimes.org/baby/birth-defects.aspx#
Section on birth defects that allows users to view specific details about a wide range of birth defects

The ABCs of Child Development:  Developmental Milestones for Your Child’s First Five Years http://www.pbs.org/wholechild/abc/
Complete list of developmental milestones for children divided into physical development, social and emotional development, thinking skills, and communication skills

HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

 

INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SCIENCES/FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES

Consumer Jungle http://www.consumerjungle.org/
Interactive website that allow students to learn about being financially responsible

Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy http://www.jumpstart.org/
Publications, resources, and information on state activities from a wide range of financial education groups

Federal Reserve Education https://www.federalreserveeducation.org/
Searchable database of lessons, publications, and more for positive financial management

The Mint:  Northwestern Mutual http://www.themint.org/teens/
Teacher, student, and parent resources for financial literacy for teens

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 http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/
Huge amount of lesson plans that could also be used for Family Living and/or Comprehensive FCS depending on time and level of understanding.

NUTRITION AND WELLNESS/FOODS/CULINARY


ProStart I 
http://www.uen.org/cte/facs_cabinet/facs_cabinet14.shtml
This basic course from the National Restaurant Association introduces students into the world of professional cooking. Basic communication skills, safety and sanitation, food preparation, meal planning, and other topics are taught in this beginning course. FCCLA may be an integral part of this course

The Student Chef http://www.thestudentchef.com/ 
This website has FREE resources and recipes for an advanced culinary class. Worth your time to check out if you are teaching any foods class

Statewide Instructional Resources Development Center http://cte.sfasu.edu/c/hospitality-and-tourism/
Variety of lesson plans associated with Hospitality and Tourism as well as Culinary and Food Science. This site includes lesson plans, course models, and continuing education courses. Available to all educators, regardless of state

Calorie Tracker http://www.livestrong.com/myplate/
Calculate calorie goals and enter food intake and fitness to see a balanced approach to weight management

USDA:  Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/
Dietary guidelines for all individuals, current initiatives, and links to additional tools sponsored by USDA

MyPlate http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
Information about MyPlate including quizzes, tips for healthy meals, physical activity information, and other interactive tools

All Recipes http://allrecipes.com/
Thousands of searchable recipes with sections users can search by health, seasonal, and course

SELF Nutrition Data http://nutritiondata.self.com/
Recipe analysis, BMI information, recipes, and information about specific health issues and diet

Nutrition Analyser http://nutritionanalyser.com/
Check out health information about most kinds of food divided by food groups for easy searching

The Accidental Scientist:  Science of Cooking http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/
Webcasts, book suggestions, and information for discussion on science topics that will assist in understanding cooking and food

Nutrition Know How http://www.nutritionknowhow.org/blog/
Nebraska Extension website which contains information about healthy vegetables and fruits as well as how-to videos for cooking and use.  This site was developed by two FACS graduates and two Nebraska dieticians

Food Detectives Game http://www.fooddetectives.com/
Game that covers how bacteria grow when food is not cooked or handled properly

Institute of Food Technologists http://www.ift.org/knowledge-center/learn-about-food-science.aspx
Includes valuable information from IFT on the importance of food science, careers available, and public policy updates

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics http://www.eatright.org/
Healthy living tips and recipes for different age groups as well as providing instructional videos

Ballreich’s Factory Tour http://www.ballreich.com/shop/virtual_tour.html
See a 7 minute tour of the history and facilities of potato chip production

Cooking.com http://www.cooking.com/
Large and inventive recipe database

Dole 5 a Day http://www.dole.com/#/superkids/
Creative recipes and resources that utilize as wide variety of fruits and vegetables.  Also has information on farming, organics, and nutrition for fruits and vegetables

International Food Information Council Foundation http://www.foodinsight.org/
Nutrition and food safety resource that works to share information with the public from a science-based perspective

Iowa State University Food Safety http://www.extension.iastate.edu/foodsafety/
Educational materials, training and articles about a variety of food safety topics

Food Timeline http://www.foodtimeline.org/
Timeline of foods and recipes throughout history

USDA Nutrition Assistance http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/Parents/nutritionlabel.html
Information about SNAP, food distribution programs, child nutrition programs, and WIC as well as links to a variety of other resources related to the USDA

Nutrition.gov http://www.nutrition.gov/
Providing easy, online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers with topics such as dietary supplements, calories in foods, shopping and meal planning, and weight management

Make Your Calories Count http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/videos/CFSAN/HWM/hwmsk01.cfm
Interactive guide that shows students all the parts of nutrition labels

Cooking Matters http://cookingmatters.org/educational-tools
Educational tools for helping users teach others to love healthy food

USDA Farm to School
http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farm-school
Information about child nutrition programs and farm to school initiatives that encourage locally produced foods to be served in schools

National Farm to School Network http://www.farmtoschool.org/resources
Resources and information about farm to school initiatives

The Family Dinner Project http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/
Tips for cooking with your family as well as topics to discuss while eating dinner with your family and the advantages of eating together for both physical health and emotional growth

Still Tasty http://www.stilltasty.com/
Guide to shelf life of foods

Food Safety FIRST Resources http://www.foodsafetyfirst.org/fsf_resources_links.html
Links to a variety of food safety resources on topics including handwashing, microbiology, careers, and risk assessment

Foodskey http://www.foodskey.net/index.html
Sponsored by the University of Nottingham, this site has short videos on the science of 15 different food and nutritional items

Fight Bac! http://www.fightbac.org/
Partnership for Food Safety Education website that has articles on how to prevent food contamination and includes lots of free resources

USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/
Database of over 8,000 foods that includes complete nutritional information and calculators for changing servings

Stella Culinary http://stellaculinary.com/food-science-101-video-index
Videos on food science concepts such as emulsions, brining, pressure frying, and high altitude baking and cooking

King Arthur Flour: Learn, Bake, Share http://www.kingarthurflour.com/learnbakeshare/
In this FREE Program, kids LEARN to make bread from scratch. They discover that math, science, reading, and baking know-how add up to delicious bread! Kids are excited to take ingredients and their new skills home to BAKE two loaves; one to keep and enjoy and one to SHARE

HOUSING & INTERIOR DESIGN

P&G Everyday https://www.pgeveryday.com/home-garden
Proctor and Gamble website with information and forums on solutions and tricks for the home, garden, and organization

Our Family Place-Home Buyer’s Information Center http://www.ourfamilyplace.com/homebuyer/index.html
Includes checklists, links to credit reports, mortgage, and insurance information, as well as helpful hints for finding and buying a home

Bankrate Calculator http://www.bankrate.com/calculators/mortgages/loan-calculator.aspx
Determine monthly payments based on interest rates and loan terms.  Includes amortization schedule

Interest Calculator http://www.interest.com/calculators/
Home equity, debt consolidation, mortgage qualification, and mortgage payoff calculators

HUD:  Rental Assistance http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/rental_assistance
Information about renting and HUD rental assistance programs as well as buying vs. renting and fair housing rights

HUD:  Buying a Home http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/buying_a_home
Step by step guide to purchasing a home by starting with how much home you can afford all the way through the process until the signing of the papers

Decorator Secrets http://www.decoratorsecrets.com/
Home décor tips divided by room and medium with tips for creating the perfect look from vision to completion

AutodeskHomestyler http://www.homestyler.com/designer
Free home interior design online resource that allows students to share projects via email or on social media

Better Homes and Gardens http://www.bhg.com
Slideshows, articles, and blogs about home décor and improvement

ColorSnap http://snapyourcolors.com
Allows user to upload a picture or link to a picture online which then the program determines what Sherwin-Williams colors match those in the picture

DIY Network Home Improvement http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/topics/home-improvement
How to videos on a variety of home improvement projects

Dream Home Source http://www.dreamhomesource.com/
Search from over 1000 floor plans and collections

The Carpet Site http://www.thecarpetsite.com/
Descriptions and pictures of all kinds of carpets, buyers guides, and information on rugs

Robeson Design YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/robesondesign
Great videos including tips for decorating but also a video about her journey to becoming a designer

Urban Barn Room Planner http://www.urbanbarn.com/category/room+planner.do
Plan any space in a home with products available from Urban Barn.  You can save, share, print and even shop for the items used in the room

Psychology of Colors:  A Guide for Designers http://visual.ly/color-guide-designers
Basic information about the formation and mixing of colors as well as the effects of colors on individuals and their moods and actions

Olioboard https://olioboard.com/
Design spaces or simply idea boards using products from a variety of retailers.  Also has design examples for a wide variety of individual styles and rooms

Home Energy Saver http://homeenergysaver.lbl.gov/consumer/
Tips for saving money and resources through responsible energy use

Home Doctor http://www.homedoctor.net/
Articles on selecting different appliances and features for your home to make the most of your space, budget, and time

TEXTILES, CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN, FASHION DESIGN

Fabriclink http://www.fabriclink.com/
Information about textile creation, care, and innovations

18th Century Clothing http://www.history.org/history/clothing/intro/index.cfm
Images and information about clothing worn by different races, g enders, and socio-economic classes in the 18th century

Polished Plans https://www.polishedplans.com/
A resources for those of you who teach Fashion Design called Polished Plans.  There is a download of a free lesson as well as information about subscribing for a year

 

LIFE AND CAREER READINESS


Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Nationwide data on job descriptions, openings, wages, and projections

Keirsey Personality Preference Inventory http://keirsey.com/
Personality preference sorter based on responses to questions concerning temperament

Nebraska Career Connections http://www.nebraskacareerconnections.org/students.htm
Information about career development in Nebraska accessible to all students in the state.  Students can learn about applying for college loans, create an online portfolio, search for colleges, and explore career options

StudyPoint http://www.studypoint.com/ed/
Tutoring site that also includes information on financial aid, resume creation, and common app tips for college applications

Job Interview Tips (for teens) http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Job_Interview_Tips/
List of useful tips for pre and post interviews for teens

The Work Ethic Site http://workethic.coe.uga.edu/
Resources related work ethics now and also with a historical context

TEACHER RESOURCES

Lesson Plan Sources
http://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

Family and Consumer Sciences Resources Online Http://members.tripod.com/~kburge/FCS/contents.html
Lots and lots of links to FCS-related web sites

World Factbook www.cia.gov
Information about different countries

RubiStar http://rubistar.4teachers.org/

Teach-nology http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/rubrics/

Fresh FACS http://www.freshfacs.com/
This site, designed by an FCS teacher, contains ‘fresh ideas for teaching Family & Consumer Sciences’. . . several resources can be previewed and purchased.  There are six  free lesson plans:  Ego Pillow, April Design, Ice Cream in a Baggie, Mealtime in Morocco, Tracing our Culinary Roots, and Shop Till you Drop.  The last one was used with 9th grade students of the teacher who submitted this site

Cartoon sites http://www.kingfeatures.com/ & http://ucomics.com/

Relevant Classroom www.relevantclassroom.com
Tips for teachers to make their classrooms a more relevant, fun and educational environment for students. Integrates academics and CTE activities and focus.  Also good teacher resources

Screen and Webcam Recorder http://screencast-o-matic.com/home
This site features free 15-minute recordings, screen & webcam recording, plublish to YouTube, and save as a video file

Boundless Resources http://screencast-o-matic.com/home
High-quality content and resources for all your teaching needs in several different subject areas

Global Closet Calculator http://education.nationalgeographic.org/media/globalcloset/
Have your students discover their own global network by completing the “Global Closet Calculator”—a two-part interactive game that introduces the concepts of interdependence and globalization. In the first part, students can see the ways in which their clothes and accessories connect them to people and places around the world. The second part will call on their critical thinking and geographic decision-making skills in an adventurous investigative journey. Students will consider different values and points of view while making a pair of jeans and an MP3 player to earn badges reflecting those choices. Where will your student go?

Monkey See http://www.monkeysee.com/categories/
Watch, Learn, Discover

Writing Prompts http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/

Econ Ed Link http://www.econedlink.org/
Economics and personal finance resources for K-12

Edudemic http://www.edudemic.com/
Connecting education & technology.

King Arthur Flour: Learn, Bake, Share http://www.kingarthurflour.com/learnbakeshare/
In this FREE Program, kids LEARN to make bread from scratch. They discover that math, science, reading, and baking know-how add up to delicious bread! Kids are excited to take ingredients and their new skills home to BAKE two loaves; one to keep and enjoy and one to SHARE

GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES

Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics: http://childstats.gov

Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service: http://www.fns.usda.gov

Department of Commerce U.S. Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov

Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics: http://nces.ed.gov

Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: 
http://www.ahrq.gov 
Maternal and Child Health Bureau: http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov 
National Center for Health Statistics http://www.cdc.gov/nchs 
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: http://www.nichd.nih.gov 
National Institute on Drug Abuse: http://www.nida.nih.gov 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation: http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov

Department of Housing and Urban Development 
Office of Policy Development and Research: http://www.huduser.org

Department of Justice 
Bureau of Justice Statistics: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs 
National Institute of Justice: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij 
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org

Department of Labor 
Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov
Women’s Bureau: http://www.dol.gov/wb/welcome.html

Department of Transportation 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov

National Science Foundation 
Division of Science Resources Statistics: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs

Office of Management and Budget 
Statistical and Science Policy Office:http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg/statpolicy.html

CURRICULUM RESOURCES

Discovery Education http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/?CFID=1858316&CFTOKEN=79e68dc8f5d85594-640A9799-B63F-9084-E4A25E18772090D7
Search lesson plans by subject and grade level.  Health content includes everything from sexual pressures and resolving conflict to farm-to-table and depression. Useful for the following Nebraska courses:

  • 090107 Human Food, Nutrition and Wellness
  • 090108 Advanced Human Food, Nutrition and Wellness
  • 350002 Human Growth and Development
  • 090116 Relationships
  • 090119 Child Development
  • 090117 Parenting Decisions
  • 350015 Early Childhood Education I
  • 350020 Early Childhood Education II

Econedlink http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/1
Economic and resource management lesson plans as well as decision making and opportunity cost lessons.

Readwritethink http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=1197402#anchor
In this series of lessons students learn the basics of online electronic portfolio creation as well as creating and utilizing blogs.  Useful for the following Nebraska courses

  • 090104 Life and Career Readiness

ND FACS Teachers Google Site https://sites.google.com/site/ndfacsteachers/
Lots of course resources and lesson plans created by teachers in North Dakota

FCS Teachers Unite Wiki http://fcsteachersunite.wikispaces.com/
A few resources related to different courses as well as sections on course evaluations, interactive activities, and bulletin board ideas

Melanies Corner (sponsored by Learning ZoneXpress) http://melaniescorner.com/
Active blog with ideas for current classroom activities and links to specials for Leaning ZoneXpress

Family and Consumer Sciences Education http://www.fcseducation.org/
Lots of content area information with resources and materials that can be utilized in the classroom

Family Consumer Sciences http://www.familyconsumersciences.com/
Offers new ideas and classroom examples of FACS instruction

Nourish http://www.nourishlife.org/teach/curriculum/
Curriculum focused on food and sustainability.  Includes lessons on seasonal foods, food ads, and ecosystems and food. Useful for the following Nebraska courses:

  • 090107 Human Food, Nutrition and Wellness
  • 090108 Advanced Human Food, Nutrition and Wellness
  • 370021 Culinary Skills I
  • 370022 Culinary Skills II

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy http://www.iatp.org/documents/farm-to-school-youth-leadership-curriculum-all-lessons-and-worksheets
Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy http://www.iatp.org/documents/farm-to-childcare-curriculum-package
Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package

Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences http://ccfcs.tizrapublisher.com/
In addition to offering paid curriculum resources, this site also has many free curriculum components from a variety of FACS courses