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IN THIS ISSUE Fresh FACS is going all in on developing projects and activities designed to help you to put more STEAM into your FACS curriculum! Applications of STEAM concepts are obvious throughout Family and Consumer Science. It’s how we develop lessons that focus on those concepts that’s the challenge. Helping you meet those challenges is our number one goal. In addition to FACS: Full STEAM Ahead (page 4) and Cooking Up A Cool Career with STEAM (page 5), our two dedicated STEAM resources, you’ll find five articles in this issue focused on building up STEAM in FACS. The complete lesson related to each of these articles is available as a free download from our website

Popping With STEAM Go deep into the food chemistry and physics of making popcorn as you guide your students to understand what makes popcorn pop (Psst...It’s not as simple as you think!) and how the microwave oven works.

Sweet Science Based on a tried-and-true science project, this article and activity will demonstrate the concepts of freezing point depression and molecular gastronomy as students make ice cream in a zip-top bag.

Food Physics This two part article uses the Air Fryer and the Instant Pot® to graphically demonstrate many scientific principles and concepts. In addition to the chemical changes in the food cooked in these two popular countertop appliances, students will discover important nutritional facts and the science behind them.

Next Gen Textiles This article will introduce you to some illuminating and creative ways to utilize soft circuitry in your textiles, apparel and interior design programs that will have your students glowing with excitement! Using electronic components and a few basic craft supplies, your students can engineer fashion that will truly light up the night.

Fair Food Vision and innovation are not unique to the technology being developed today. In this article you’ll be introduced to a period in history that fairly exploded with energy and invention. Inspire your students to appreciate creativity and ingenuity as they prepare one of the most iconic recipes of all time. We’re excited to share these fresh ideas for teaching FACS! We hope you enjoy learning about our resources and we hope you’ll be inspired to add STEAM to your FACS program! Dusty and Ramona Hatch


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Food Physics 1-Instant Pot® Five Ingredient Instant Pot® Macaroni and Cheese STEAM-Powered FACS - Our Resources Food Physics 2- Frying Science Air Fryer Pop Tarts® Food Preparation/ Nutrition and Wellness-Our Resources Sweet Science: Ice Cream In a Bag Textiles, Apparel, Construction and Design Next Gen Textiles - TwinkLED Toes Textiles, Apparel, Construction and Desgin (con’t) Food Physics 3- Popping With STEAM Making History Fair Food - Baking History The Original Palmer House Brownies FACS Teacher’s Toolkit - Our Resources Technical FACS-Our Resources Family Matters-Our Resources FACS By The Book - Our Resources FACS Bookshelf Bundle up and Save - Our Resources

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FOOD PHYSICS Regardless of how simple or complex the recipe, every step of the preparation and cooking process involves science. However, two popular kitchen appliances–the Instant Pot® and the Air Fryer–offer particularly dramatic demonstrations of the connection between food and physics.

Marketed as a smart cooker, the Instant Pot® is a multi-function appliance that is basically a high-tech pressure cooker. Pressure cooking dates to the 17th century when the first pressurized cooking pot was developed by the French physicist Denis Papin. Basically a pot with a tight-sealing lid and a steam valve, a pressure cooker traps the steam produced by cooking liquid, raising the temperature inside the cooker, drastically reducing cooking time. Here’s a brief synopsis of the physics of pressure cooking. When you boil water, you raise the temperature of the water to 100 degrees Celsius. In a pressure cooker, the temperature of the water can soar to nearly 120 degrees! That’s because the molecules in the steam are energized, bouncing around with higher and higher velocities as the temperature climbs. In a normal cooking pot, those energized molecules escape as steam. In a pressure cooker, however, that steam has nowhere to go. That means the molecules of steam repeatedly contact the boiling water, heating the liquid temperature much higher than 100 degrees. The extreme heat produced by the trapped steam causes food to cook exponentially faster than in a normal cooking pot. Consider this, when you raise the temperature just five degrees above the normal boiling point of 100 degrees Celsius, you cut cooking time in half. Increase the temperature another five degrees and you cut cooking time in half again. When cooking temperatures reach the maximum of 120 degrees, you are cooking at sixteen times normal speed! Impressive! Pressure cooking enables you to apply physics to open up a whole new culinary world for your students! This recipe for Five-Ingredient Instant Pot® Mac and Cheese makes a great activity to introduce students to the Instant Pot®

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Five Ingredient Instant Pot® Macaroni and Cheese INGREDIENTS 2 cups elbow macaroni 2 cups water 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup evaporated milk 1 tablespoon+ 1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons water 1 1/2 cups shredded mild or medium Chedar cheese


DIRECTIONS 1. Combine the macaroni, 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt in the Instant Pot®. Follow the manufacturer’s guide for locking the lid and preparing to cook. Set to Pressure Cook on High for 4 minutes. 2. When the Pressure Cook cycle is complete, follow the manufacturer’s guide for Quick Release and wait until the Quick Release cycle is complete. Keep hands away from the top of the valve! The steam released can cause severe burns. Cover the steam valve with a dish towel before opening the valve using tongs or the handle of a wooden spoon. 3. Careful of any remaining steam, unlock and remove the lid and switch to Low Sauté setting. 4. Stir in evaporated milk, butter and 2 tablespoons water. 5. Add the shredded Cheddar cheese, a little at a time, stirring constantly until the cheese is completely melted. Serve hot.



STEAM-Powered FACS Identifying instances in FACS lessons where STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts are incorporated is easy. It’s how we develop lessons that focus on these concepts that’s challenging. Helping you do just that, is the goal of both of our STEAM resources.


The activities in FACS: Full STEAM Ahead and Cooking Up A Cool Career with STEAM will introduce students to 40 great FACS careers! FACS: Full STEAM Ahead $55.00 Engineering a Design for the Future

This resource addresses the need to incorporate STEAM (STEM + Art) education and literacy into the Family and Consumer Science curriculum. Through the information, support resources, evaluation standards and activities presented in FACS: Full STEAM Ahead, Engineering a Design for the Future, teachers will help students to develop the STEAM literacy skills needed to meet the demands for current and future job success. Each section of the resource is devoted to one of 20 different FACS careers. For each career, students are given a real-world problem to be solved using the FACS Engineering Design Process©.

The activities in FACS: Full STEAM Ahead will introduce students to these FACS careers: Cake Artist Children’s Fashion Designer Child Life Specialist Chocolatier Culinary Historian Event Coordinator Family Life Educator Fashion Pattern Maker Food Blogger/Journalist Food and Flavor Chemist

Food Media Specialist Food Tour Operator Food Truck Entrepreneur Furniture Designer Garde Manger Chef Kitchen Designer Recipe Developer Restaurant Menu Designer Set Decorator Toy Designer

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Cooking Up a Cool Career With STEAM $55.00

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Classroom Activities to Replicate 20 Great FACS Careers Newly revised to incorporate STEAM concepts, this resource introduces students to 20 exciting FACS careers using interesting and interactive techniques. A reproducible profile for each career is included along with complete support materials and evaluation rubrics for each activity.

The activities in Cooking Up a Cool Career With STEAM will introduce students to these FACS careers: Airline Catering Child Advocate Cookbook Editor Costume Designer Fashion Designer Food Package Designer Food Photographer Food Stylist Food Writer Hospitality Manager

Interior Decorator Interior Designer Pastry Chef Personal Chef Research Chef Retail Buyer Sports Nutritionist Textile Designer Visual Merchandiser Wedding Consultant

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FOOD PHYSICS (PART 2) Frying Science The air fryer is another modern marvel of food physics! This compact countertop appliance cooks food with the high flow of superheated air, similar to a mini convection oven. The air fryer has a removable basket similar to a deep fryer, but instead of submerging the food in hot oil, the food in the basket is baked by the superheated air. The superheated air flows around the food in the air fryer, cooking it from all sides at once. This Rapid Air Technology distribues heat from the cooking chamber, which is situated very close to the food, cooking food with minimal loss of energy. An exhaust fan generates rapid hot air, which flows through the fryer. This rapidly flowing hot air causes the Maillard Reaction, a surface-level reaction between amino acids and sugars that occurs when cooking temperatures reach levels between 280-330° F. This reaction produces the browned crusts and seared meat that makes food universally tasty and visually appealing. The Maillard Reaction occurs during frying when food is submerged in super hot oil. In an air fryer, the same reaction is attained using rapidly moving hot air. Cooking foods in the air fryer can help cut fat and calories. Using an air fryer to cook food that would normally be deep fried, uses around 70% less fat than conventional frying methods. Merely one tablespoon of oil is required for brushing or sparying food before cooking in the air fryer. This difference makes the air fryer a healthier alternative to deep frying. Air frying is also time efficient. Because of the small cooking chamber, the appliance heats up quickly and cooks food rapidly. The air fryer also excells at reheating foods that have already been baked or air fried.

(Pop) Tarts Talk When Kellogg, the creator of Pop-Tarts®, introduced their food innovation in 1963, they revolutionized the way American moms served a “healthy breakfast” to their families. Kellogg was already experiencing overwhelming success in the cereal market, when their competitor Post made a stunning announcement. They had developed something that would make them breakfast king over Kellogg: they had found a way to keep fruit filling fresh without a refrigerator! They were poised to introduce handheld pastries full of fruit filling! But Post spoke too soon. They announced their foodie invention before their product hit store shelves. What should have been a sure fire win for Post turned into a business opportunity for its competitors. Thus, the Kellogg Pop-Tart® was born. The full story is part of the Frying Science lesson available on the Fresh FACS website. Download the full Frying Science activity and recipe at our website


Air Fryer Pop Tarts® INGREDIENTS 1 refrigerated pie crust 1⁄2 cup strawberry jam Cooking spray

YIELD 5 Pop Tarts®

DIRECTIONS 1. Place refrigerated pie crust on counter lightly dusted with flour. Lightly roll dough to reduce thickness slightly. 2. Cut dough into two-inch strips then cut each strip into three-inch sections. You will need two 2 x 3-inch rectangles for each Pop Tart®. Reroll dough scraps, as needed. 3. Spoon one level tablespoon of jam in the center of half of the pie crust rectangles. Spread jam to within ½-inch of the edge of the dough rectangle. Do not spread jam all the way to the edge! 4. Lightly moisten the edges of the dough rectangle not covered by the jam. 5. Carefully place a matching rectangle of dough on top of each jam-filled dough portion. Gently press edges together, using a fork to seal 6. Preheat Air Fryer to 370°. 7. Place Pop Tarts® in the Air Fryer, being careful that they do not overlap. 8. Spray the top of the Pop Tarts® lightly with cooking spray. 9. Cook 7 to 10 minutes, checking every minute after 6 minutes for desired doneness. 10. Carefully remove the Pop Tarts® from the Air Fryer and place on a cooling rack.

11. Drizzle warm Pop Tarts® with Confectioner’s Glaze, if desired. To make Confectioner’s Glaze, combine 1⁄2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar, 1 to 2 teaspoons milk or water in a small bowl. Stir until smooth and of drizzling consistency.


Food Preparation/ Nutrition and Wellness Not only is Food and Nutrition one of the most fundamental and important content areas of the FACS curriculum, it’s also one of the most popular programs with students at all levels. Our resources are designed to help teachers capitalize on the inherent value of food & nutrition. They include activities and instructional strategies designed to equip students to build skills in food preparation; make healthy food choices; and to introduce students to culinary careers. As a bonus, we’ve developed resources that bring reading into the FACS curriculum by incorporating young adult fiction with a food theme.

Educated Palate $47.00 /CD version $30.00 Culinary Education With Taste and Flair This resource is designed to teach students to appreciate the fine art of dining. The activities include experiences in sensory evaluation of foods such as chocolate, cheese, coffee and wine. Students learn to prepare classic international dishes, apply proper table service and menu interpretation. Through structured tasting experiences, recipe preparation and table service applications, students will be better equipped to make wiser and more satisfying food choices.

Cooking Up Success $57.00 /CD version $30.00 Making the Most of the FACS Foods Lab

This laboratory manual is an indispensable instructional tool that will help students make the most of the foods lab experience. Newly expanded to include 225 classroom-tested recipes, this resource will make the task of planning your next foods activity quick and easy. Formatted to make them easy to follow, each recipe is identified by skill level and instructional objective. Resource also includes lab evaluation materials, tips and suggestions for lab success, and handy reference charts

Four Course FACS $75.00

A Fictional Culinary Adventure Using the novel Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous in lieu of a textbook, this resource is the perfect blending of fiction and culinary arts. The recipes and activities in Four Course FACS use the novel as a vehicle to introduce students to the fundamental units of a Culinary Arts course: knife skills, preparation of classic dishes, egg cookery, pasta and sauces, international cuisines, food safety and sanitation, and so much more! Guidelines for hosting a Teen Chef Competition, 50 recipes, ten original classroom activities, 10 whiteboard/Power Point presentations, and all teacher support materials are included.


SWEET SCIENCE: ICE CREAM IN A BAG Scientifically speaking, ice cream is actually quite a complex and multi-faceted composition. Ideally, ice cream should be solid, yet soft, and should preferably remain in that state while melting slowly. The reasons for the delicate and unique nature of ice cream are ultimately a matter of food chemistry. Understanding the physical and chemical aspects of ice cream ingredients is key to making a satisfying bowl of ice cream! The Ice Cream in a Bag activity is actually deceptively simple and makes an appealing introduction to the discussion of molecular gastronomy–an approach to cooking in which a knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology are applied to cooking. SMALL BAG CONTENTS Ice cream is a compound of a liquid, fat, sweeteners, air and other solids. These basic components must be combined to form an emulsion–the process of combining different substances which under normal circumstances would separate from each other (think oil and vinegar). Once all the ingredients of the ice cream are combined they are bound together. The ingredients are chemically bound and cannot be separated by physical means like a mixture.

LARGE BAG CONTENTS Freezing the ice cream base requires the application of other principles of physics. When ice and salt are combined, the freezing point of the ice is lowered. It becomes even colder than normal–so cold that the ice-salt mixture can freeze other liquids. This physics phenomena is the core of many ice cream making machines and is the foundation of the Ice Cream in A Bag activity.

ICE CREAM IN A BAG INGREDIENTS 1⁄2 cup half and half 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla

SUPPLIES 2 quart-sized resealable sandwich bags 1 gallon-sized resealable food storage bag 1⁄2 cup rock salt 5 to 6 cups of ice Gloves and a kitchen towel

YIELD 1 serving

DIRECTIONS 1. Combine half and half, sugar and vanilla in a small mixing bowl. Whisk to dissolve sugar. 2. Pour mixture into 2-quart resealable sandwich bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible. Seal tightly. 3. Place the bag inside the second sandwich bag for extra protection. 4. Place the doubled up bag into the gallon-sized bag and add 5 cups of ice. 5. Add the 1⁄2 cup of salt to the gallon bag and seal tightly. 6. Shake the bag for about 5 to 10 minutes. The cream should begin to freeze and solidify. 7. Revmove the small bag to determine ice cream consistency. You may need to add an additional cup of ice while shaking, if the ice melts too quickly. 8. Once you are satisfied with the consistency of the ice cream, wipe the outside of the bag with a damp paper towel to remove any salt residue. 9. Cut a corner off the bag and squeeze the ice cream into a bowl. The ice cream will resemble soft-served ice cream. Download the Sweet Science activity, complete with recipe and student handouts explaining the physics of making ice cream from


Textiles, Apparel, Construction and Design An emphasis on technology and math concepts can take your Textiles and Apparel program to a whole new level and our innovative resources can help you get there. Your students will learn to understand and apply fundamental geometry concepts through the activities in FACS By Numbers. Design It Just Sew activities enable students to create an original fabric design implementing the steps and processes used by professional fabric designers. These resources encourage students to embrace both the technical and creative aspects of textiles, apparel, construction and design..

FACS By Numbers


Strategies and Activities for Integrating Geometry into the FACS Classroom

Students learn to cut and construct 12 different quilt blocks while mastering fundamental geometry concepts. Each quilt block is a stand-alone lesson which includes support and student materials, evaluation tools, and geometry worksheets. Instructions for creating an entire quilt as well as several smaller projects are included. FACS By Numbers also features quilt history activities, fabric selection, presenting a quilt show of students’ work, and more. Newly revised edition includes activities using Quilter’s FabriCalc. Supplemental resources and PowerPoint® lessons on CD, included.

Check out these cool Tools of the Trade for introducing students to the geometry of modern quilting. Quilt Design Wizard™ software developed by Electric Quilt Company and the Quilter’s FabriCalc will introduce students to the techy side of quilting.

Quilt Design Wizard $29.95 This easy-to-use software program provides all the tools students need to plan and visualize their quilting projects. A library of 200 simple pieced blocks, four layout styles and a library of 3000 fabrics provide students with ample design capabilities. The program will even print illustrated step-by-step sewing instructions for each block and offers design hints for beginning quilters.

Quilter’s FabriCalc $32.50 The Quilter’s FabriCalc is the perfect tool for giving students practice completing all of the calculations required for a successful quilting project. The FabriCalc makes it easy to do the math with a few simple keystrokes. It all adds up to faster solutions to just about every quilting task. Calculations are built in for blocks, squares, diagonals, ½ and ¼ square triangles, diamonds and much more. Note: Activities using the Quilter’s FabriCalc are included in FACS By Numbers. Quantity discount pricing for this item available on request.

NEXT GEN TEXTILES Electronic textiles, also known as soft circuits, are electrical circuits created using flexible conductive materials (such as conductive threads and fabrics) in conjunction with discrete electronics components (such as lights, batteries, switches, and sensors). These smart textiles are enhanced with technology that makes textiles and apparel both functional and fashionable. Some smart clothes use advanced textiles with interwoven circuitry, while others implement sensors and additional hardware to give it its smart functionality. Many smart garments can connect to an app or program on a secondary device using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, however, this wireless connectivity isn’t necessary to classify a garment as being a type of smart clothing. Learning to design and engineer soft circuits of increasing complexity is an empowering and formative STEAM experience for students in Family and Consumer Science courses. These activities encourage students to consider technology in a creative context, and creativity in a more technical format. Providing students with the technical understanding necessary to complete projects utilizing soft circuits encourages cutting edge problem-solving and design skills. By integrating electronic and craft materials, soft circuit activities can expand the scope and appeal of the traditional textiles and apparel curriculum. Electronic textile projects introduce students to electricity and circuitry in the context of hands-on projects. Because students are making creative decisions about appearance and functionality, their project will reflect characteristics of personal identity and design.

TwinkLED Toes These light up shoe clips are a fun and fashionable project that students are sure to love! The clips can also be used to decorate book bags, purses, as hair accessories and more! Students are introduced to circuits and sewing with electrically conductive thread by creating a soft circuit and connecting it to an LED and battery.

The complete TwinkLED Toes lesson is available to download from the Fresh FACS website.



Design It Just Sew


Exercises in Fabric Design and Sewing Design It Just Sew utilizes online graphic design software and simplifed traditional fabric surface embellishment techniques to enable students to create their own original fabric designs. The fabrics can be used to produce the sewing projects included in the manual. As students complete the Design It Just Sew activities, they apply the principles of design and develop proficiency in the use of graphic design software. Manual includes step-by-step software tutorials, support materials, evaluation rubrics, collaborative design projects, traditional fabric embellishment projects, teen-friendly sewing projects and more. Design It Just Sew will inspire your students and bring your textiles and apparel program into the digital age.

Check Out These Great Design It Just Sew Companion Resources!

101 One-Yard Wonders $19.50 By Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins 101 fun and stylish sewing projects that require no more that one yard of fabric, and most can be completed in just a few hours. Simple step-by-step instructions, plus templates and pattern pieces where needed.

Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders $24.50 By Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins The projects in this book are organized by fabric type. Projects use only a single yard of fabric and make the most of each fabric’s unique characteristics. Step-by-step illustrated instructions, cutting layout, and pattern pieces are included for each project.

I Spy DIY Style: Find Fashion You Love and Do It Yourself $7.50 Jenni Radosevich Discover a treasure trove of trendy, clever ideas for turning basic items of clothing into designer fashions. Whether students make the items themselves or choose to embellish a ready-made garment, they will love using a few simple supplies and a range of clever ideas to showcase their personal style. Filled with 30 step-by-step projects inspired by celebrities, designer runways, and classic styles, I Spy DIY Style has everything you and your students need to up your style quotient without sacrificing your budget.



Half the fun of making popcorn is watching it turn from a hard, little yellow seed into a white fluffy treat! Few foods make such a dramatic transformation as popcorn does while cooking. Even though making popcorn may seem like child’s play, there are some powerful STEAM principles applied in making this familiar snack. Popcorn is a grain made up of three components: the germ, endosperm, and the pericarp (also known as the hull). Of the four most common types of corn–sweet, dent, flint, and popcorn–only popcorn pops. Popcorn differs from other types of corn in that its hull is just the right thickness to allow it to eventually burst open. Each kernel of popcorn contains a small drop of water stored inside a circle of soft starch. The soft starch is surrounded by the kernel’s hard outer surface. As the kernel heats up, the water begins to expand. Around 212 degrees the water turns into steam and changes the starch inside each kernel into a superheated gelatinous substance. The kernel continues to heat to about 347 degrees. The pressure inside the grain will reach 135 pounds per square inch before bursting the hull open.

Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn INGREDIENTS 1⁄2 cup unpopped popcorn 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

YIELD 3 servings

DIRECTIONS 1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the unpopped popcorn and oil. Stir to coat kernels. 2. Pour the coated corn into a brown paper lunch sack, and sprinkle with salt. 3. Fold the top of the bag over several times to hold in the popped kernels. 4. Microwave at full power for 2 1⁄2 to 3 minutes. Popping will begin in a few minutes. When the popping begins to slow, listen until you hear the popping slow to about 2 seconds between pops. 5. Remove the bag immediately from the microwave and carefully open the bag away from your face to avoid steam 6. Pour into a bowl and enjoy. The science of what makes the popcorn kernel pop is just the beginning of the STEAM concepts to be explored. When you go to our website and download the free Popping With STEAM lesson, you and your students will discover the answers to such mysteries as: • What is the unique connection between popcorn and the microwave oven? • What’s the glycemic index of popcorn? • Why is popcorn’s popping action compared to the movements of a gymnast? • What role does hearing play in popcorn making success?

• What type of energy causes popcorn to pop in the microwave oven? • How does proper storage impact making perfect popcorn? • Can the “Old Maids” in the bottom of your popcorn be saved? If you use the Popcorn button found on most microwaves, remember that microwave ovens vary and the technology is not perfectly consistent. If you end up with too many unpopped kernels, try manually setting the timer.


Making History Presenting history through the FACS curriculum allows students to see how historical events like wars and natural disasters impact the everyday life of real people. During World War II, for example, the rationing of food and other basic goods drastically changed every aspect of the way American families lived. Many of the “comfort foods” we enjoy today were introduced during this time of sacrifice. This was also the time when the U.S. government began to promote a Guide to Good Eating, which would evolve into the My Plate guidelines we use today. The merging of FACS and history doesn’t end at the kitchen door. Every area of the FACS curriculum from clothing and textiles to housing, consumer economics and family dynamics can provide an ideal platform for bringing history to life.

Historical FACS $47.00

Bringing Social Sciences to Life in the FACS Classroom Historical FACS enables teachers to highlight American history in every area of the FACS curriculum. This resource includes a collection of 50 recipes for classic American dishes with historical footnotes, profiles of American FACS heroes with acivities, crafts and costume projects, fun FACS facts and historical trivia, and Today in FACS History calendar. A comprehensive research project guides students through a journey of discovery into their personal and family history.

FAIR FOOD One of the most famous and universally-loved bar cookies, the Chocolate Brownie was first introduced at the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. This rich, chocolatey treat was created in the kitchen of Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel. Bertha Palmer, wife of millionaire hotelier Potter Palmer, wanted a new dessert to serve at the World’s Fair that was smaller than a cake, but still had cake-like qualities and easier to eat than a slice of pie.. The dessert was to be served in box lunches for ladies attending the World’s Fair. These first brownies were baked with semi-sweet chocolate, an apricot glaze, and crushed walnuts, and they are still being made at the hotel using the original recipe. The Brownie was definitely not the only FACS-centric innovation unveiled at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair! Check out this list of other fair foods and inventions still popular today: • Cold breakfast cereal • Cracker Jacks® • Tamales • Vienna beef hot dogs • Aunt Jemima® Pancake mix • Juicy Fruit® Chewing Gum • Cream of Wheat

• Heinz® condiments • First cafeteria • First dishwasher • Beaux Arts Architecture • Milk chocolate (Inspired Milton Hershey’s candy empire)


The Original Palmer House Brownies INGREDIENTS YIELD 1 pound semi-sweet chocolate 24 Original Palmer House Brownies 1 pound butter (4 sticks) 1 pound sugar (3 1⁄2 cups) 8 ounces cake flour (2 cups) 1 tablespoon baking powder 4 eggs 1 pound crushed walnuts (3 1⁄2 cups)

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 300° F. 2. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. 3. Melt the chocolate and the butter together in a double boiler (If you don’t have a double boiler, use a stainless steel bowl over a pot of simmering water.) 4. Mix in the sugar, flour, and baking powder until well mixed. 5. Add the eggs and mix until well combined. 6. Pour mixture into greased pan. 7. Sprinkle with walnuts and bake for 40 minutes. (Edges will become slightly crispy, and a toothpick inserted in the center may not come out clean; it should be slightly gooey.) 8. Let cool 30 minutes.

Glaze INGREDIENTS 1⁄2 cup water 1⁄2 cup apricot preserves 1⁄2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin DIRECTIONS 1. Mix glaze ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil for two minutes. 2. While hot, spread a thin layer of glaze onto the brownies with a pastry brush. 3. At this point, you may wish to refrigerate or freeze them; it makes them easier to cut.


FACS Teacher’s Toolkit FACSessorize! $60.00 - New lower price!


Planning a lesson should be a lot like planning an outfit! You begin with objectives, standards, and instructional strategies--the basic elements of a good lesson. But to take your lessons to the next level, you need something unexpected. Something to get your students attention! You need to “accessorize” your lesson. Fun facts, music, surprising statistics, and memorable quotes are examples of what we call “FACSessories.” FACSessorize is a topical reference based on 350 fundamental FACS topics. Simply search for your lesson topic and you’ll find an array of “FACSessories” to accent your lessons! This versatile resource includes the FACS Soundtrack, a directory of over 430 songs organized by FACS content area, a section on holidays and special occasions.

Focus on FACS $45.00 /CD version $30.00

Bellwork Activities for the FACS Classroom This bestselling resource is now available in Power Point and interactive whiteboard format! Composed of mini lessons designed to get each class period started on the right note, each activity can be completed in five minutes or less and requires minimal preparation and explanation. Students are introduced to a new FACS concept each day. The journal-style activities stimulate student interest and help teachers to make the most of each minute of class time. Objective quizzes with answer keys and other evaluative devices are included. Interactive whiteboard and Power Point lessons on included CD.

FACS Teacher’s Classroom Companion $50.00

Managing the responsibilities of the FACS classroom can be overwhelming. The FACS Teacher’s Classroom Companion was created to help the busy FACS professional manage those responsibilities more easily and efficiently. Presented in an organized and customizable format, the Companion includes the National Standards for FACS, a calendar of Today in FACS History, Power Lesson Plan template, forms for managing inventories, budgets, equipment maintenance, public relations, students absences, and parental contacts. A unique feature of the Companion is a section devoted to using music in the FACS classroom. The FACS Soundtrack features over 430 songs appropriate for classroom use, organized into 13 playlists, each related to a content area of the FACS curriculum.

Fast FACS $26.00

Temperatures, cooking times, conversions, substitutions and other data are an important part of the FACS teacher’s daily routine. Fast FACS brings together charts, tables and hard-to-find facts from many sources into one quick, reliable desk reference. Information sections are color coded by FACS subject area for ease of use.

Fresh FACS Reference Sheet $5.00

Laminated sheet printed front and back with facts and figures you need to have at your fingertips. Calories in common foods, ingredient substitutions, stain removal, yardage conversion, color wheel, MyPlate and more! Keep it handy for quick fact checking!

Technical FACS From utilizing the latest tech tools in the classroom, to learning to live green, these Fresh FACS resources can be effectively applied to all FACS content areas.

High Tech Home Ec Version 4.0 $45.00 This classic Fresh FACS title has been upgraded once again to keep pace with the ever-evolving landscape of technology in the classroom. In addition to revisions to the original classroom activities, this latest version includes guidelines and activities for the successful implementation of social media in the FACS classroom. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest can all be effective teaching tools when adequately monitored and creatively implemented. This indispensable resource will keep the FACS classroom current, relevant and dynamic.

FACS on Board $47.00 The interactive, electronic whiteboard is a dynamic instructional tool that, when used effectively, can greatly enhance instruction and learning. Creating lessons that use this technology to its fullest potential can be time consuming. This resource offers a collection of classroom-ready lessons and activities developed specifically for the FACS curriculum. Guidelines, templates and resources for writing original FACS whiteboard activities are also included.

Home Ecology $47.00

The FACS of Living Green This resource is a comprehensive collection of classroom activities emphasizing the science of FACS. Inspired by the accomplishments of Home Economics pioneer, Ellen S. Richards, Home Ecology features activities related to all areas of the FACS curriculum with an emphasis on the principles of green living and maximizing the use of our basic resources. Home Ecology also includes a Get Off to a Green Start bellwork activity for each day of the school year.

Family Matters Wedding With Class $38.00

A Marriage of Academics and FACS Newly revised, this edition includes everything you will ever need to prepare your students to plan a beautiful, affordable wedding. Included are complete teacher support materials and references, student handouts, project sheets, evaluation rubrics, and more. This all-inclusive unit is packed with references and links to core academic subjects.



FACS By the Book Recipe for Writing $40.00

Writing Activities for the FACS Classroom A compilation of writing exercises designed to enable you to effortlessly incorporate writing into the FACS curriculum. Each of the 25 activities in the manual include step-by-step project instructions, a vocabulary bank related to the project topic, additional support materials, and an evaluation rubric. Projects include how to write a child observation report, foods lab report, a letter of introduction, restaurant review, fashion show script, children’s book and more.

Recipe for Reading $47.00

Activities for Incorporating Reading into the FACS Curriculum Based on the culinary mystery Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder and the novella Candy for Christmas, both by Joanne Fluke, this curriculum is a complete toolkit for incorporating reading into FACS. Resource includes 15 classroom-ready individual and group activities, 15 recipes, support materials, evaluation rubrics, answer keys, plus a copy of the novel..

A Novel Approach to Family and Consumer Science $67.00 Fiction in the FACS Classroom

Blending reading into the FACS curriculum is easy when students read books that appeal to them. A Novel Approach to FACS provides projects, activities and strategies to incorporate reading into the FACS curriculum (See FACS Bookshelf). Activities are based on 13 teen novels and one work of non-fiction. FACS appropriate student projects, content quizzes, and vocabulary builders make integrating reading into FACS easy for teachers and fun for students. Four Course FACS $75.00

A Fictional Culinary Adventure Using the novel Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous in lieu of a textbook, this resource is the perfect blending of fiction and culinary arts. The recipes and activities in Four Course FACS use the novel as a vehicle to introduce students to the fundamental units of a Culinary Arts course: knife skills, preparation of classic dishes, egg cookery, pasta and sauces, international cuisines, food safety and sanitation, and so much more! Guidelines for hosting a Teen Chef Competition, 50 recipes, ten original classroom activities, 10 whiteboard/Power Point presentations, and all teacher support materials are included.


This collection of novels from the FACS Bookshelf features stories that resonate with themes related to family and relationships. The characters in these novels deal with topics that range from autism and divorce, to immigration issues and personal development. Your students are sure to enjoy reading these powerful stories. A bonus for you, the FACS professional, is that the experiences of these fictional characters can serve as an introduction to class discussion on some sensitive topics.






Incorporating reading into the FACS curriculum adds value to your program and supports the goal of encouraging all students to build literacy skills. We’ve developed classroom activities that focus on FACS skills and concepts utilizing these great novels. Descriptions of all of the novels in the Fresh FACS collection are available on our website. Novels can be purchased individually or purchase the entire collection to begin building your own FACS classroom lending library. A FACS Fiction Unit for each novel is available for download from the E-Lessons section of









A Very Dairy Christmas $15.00 by Sylvia Hysen Pop culture dances across every page of this light-hearted teen novel. Woven into the story are many FACS concepts related to nutrition, food preparation, fashion, relationships, and more. (Hardcover)

The historical novels selected to be featured in this section of the FACS Bookshelf were chosen because they reflect life in America during different periods in history, seen through the eyes of young adult characters. The story lines of each of these novels also have strong connections to FACS content, making it easy to incorporate them into the FACS curriculum. These powerful stories can serve as a connection between the content introduced in Social Studies classes and the FACS curriculum. Learn more about the activities we’ve developed for integrating these historical novels by checking out A Novel Approach to FACS on our website.


FACS Literacy Bundle $100.00 (12% savings) Reading and FACS Sampler. The package includes Recipe For Reading, A Novel Approach, A Very Dairy Christmas by Sylvia Hysen and Joanne Fluke’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

Novel Approach Collection $105.00 (12% savings) Available now, the complete collection of the books featured in A Novel Approach. Check online for current pricing and available titles. So why should FACS teachers make reading a part of their already crowded curriculum? Because encouraging students to become lifelong readers can play a vital role in their success in life outside of school. We know that no other area of the curriculum has the real life connectivity of FACS and we can capitalize on that connection to help our students learn to enjoy reading.


Bundle Up and Save STEAM Bundle $100.00 (11% savings) Add more STEAM to your lessons and save when you purchase both of our newest resources together.

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Four Course FACS Bundle $118.00 (12% savings) Complete Culinary Curriculum with a Novel Twist! This package includes; Cooking Up Success, The Educated Palate, Four Course FACS, and Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams.

Culinary Bundle $91.50 (12% savings) Everything you need to Upgrade your Culinary Curriculum! Purchase Cooking Up Success and The Educated Palate and save!

Design It Just Sew Bundle $80.00 (12% savings) Give your Textiles & Apparel Curriculum a serious Upgrade! Purchase Design It Just Sew!, 101 One-Yard Wonders and Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders and unleash your students creativity on a budget!

FACS By Numbers Bundle $96.00 (12% savings) The complete Geometry of FACS! This bundle includes; Quilter’s FabriCalc, Quilt Design Wizard and the FACS By Numbers Resource.

Technical FACS Bundle $81.00 (12% savings) Access 21st Century Applications for your FACS curriculum! Purchase High Tech Home Ec 4.0 and FACS on Board together to save!

Toolkit Bundle $106.50 (12% savings) Classroom Hacks for teaching FACS! This includes Fast FACS, Focus on FACS and The FACS Teacher’s Classroom Companion.


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