FCS Lesson Plans Prepare Students for the Future

NP102_09Consumer education is an important part of everyone’s life. Whether it’s eating right, learning about foods and cooking, or getting along with other people, everyone could use a little help in spreading the word.

Nasco’s Family and Consumer Sciences website offers a wide variety of materials and resources for Family and Consumer Science professionals. Each kit contains the national standards the plan meets, objectives, and a materials list to help carry out various experiments and scenarios.

Take a look at some of our lesson plans:

FCS Lessons 1: Nutrition. “It’s In the Bag” will help students critique nutritional data of meals and provide reasoning for substitutions.

FCS Lesson 10: International Foods. Students will analyze the role of family in teaching culture and traditions across the lifespan, and will present written responses to a series of questions about cultural food heritage.

FCS Volume 11: Clothing & Textiles/Career, Community, & Life Connections. Participants will demonstrate skills needed to produce a textile product or apparel, investigate “key components” of work ethics and relationships to multiple adult roles, and construct a fiber arts project as a means to access their work ethic.

FCS Volume 18: Human Development. This lesson plan helps analyze the effect of heredity and environment on human growth and development. Students will construct a timeline of human embryo/fetal growth and development.

FCS Lesson 19: Nutrition and Wellness. Discover and utilize the MyPlate food guide to gain updated nutritional information, apply various dietary guidelines that meet nutrition and wellness needs, and differentiate between labeling on food items that is reliable versus not factual.

FCS Lesson 32: Beef Basics. In this lesson, participants will learn how to read a meat label to determine what type and where on the animal the meat is coming from, identify the primal beef cuts and the relative tenderness of each, and differentiate between locomotion and suspension muscles.

FCS Lesson 23: Cookie Capers. Students will learn to analyze food, equipment and supplies needed for menus; utilize weight and measurement tools; learn safe handling and professional preparation techniques; demonstrate sensitivity to diversity to individuals with special needs; and practice reading, halving, and doubling recipes.

FCS Lesson 27: Get Connected! This PDF shows students how to appreciate the value of healthy, long-term friendships; how to connect with positive, like-minded people; how to avoid people who drag you down; and identify the qualities of a good friend.

FCS Lesson 30: Learning to Manage Your Personal Finances. Students will learn the importance of spending less than they earn, the importance of using credit wisely, and how to set and work toward short-term and long-term financial goals.

FCS Lesson Plan 35: Kitchen Math. Students will demonstrate food safety and sanitation; practice good personal hygiene/health procedures; use communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills to prepare a simple recipe; and identify proper measuring tools and measure ingredients correctly.


Help yourself and your class develop the traits needed to succeed in today’s world with Nasco’s free FCS Lesson Plans. All plans include the plan itself, references, and tips for teachers and parents on how to best use the downloadable PDF.

Visit the Family and Consumer Services website often for new plans and activities. If you need suggestions and ideas to go along with your nutrition plans, feel free to call our Customer Service Center at 1.800.558.9595, or visit our website at www.enasco.com.


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