Northwest Ohio FCS Teacher In-Service Day

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Friday, April 19th, 2024, BGSU at Levis Commons, 1655 North Wilkinson Way, Perrysburg, OH 43551

2024 FCS Teacher In-Service Agenda

Resource Exhibits:

FCS Teacher Sharing Time:

  • JustServe for many volunteer ideas and connections
  • “trade off” of classes – FCS class visited auto tech and visited different stations to learn about basic car care. Next week will be the lesson for auto tech students on how to tie a tie.
  • Child Development –
    • first day discussions: childhood favorites, fun things … created poster to hang up (recommend making a template for the poster)
    • One of their childhood favorites = classroom Holiday Parties. Now adding holiday parties as part of the current Child Development classes (seasonal games, food, etc)
  • Interior Design
    • Cardboard City with Housing Styles (each person/pair is assigned a style to create) (recommend scaling houses down from what we did this year)
    • Art Decor Challenge (using scrapbook paper, yarn, ribbon, etc.)
  • Weekly Challenges and Gamify Your Classroom – “come up with mini wall art” – group work and then had teachers vote on their projects
  • Food Science – chili challenge, 8 kitchens, crockpots, March Madness bracket for teachers to rank samples
  • Egg Hunt Review – (can be for any topic) hid eggs, find the eggs, the “answers” were in the eggs, need to match the answer
  • Fish Bowl Games – terms on paper, in bowls.  First round, describe word without saying it. Second round – act it out. Third round – one word clue.
  • Information for Human Growth and Development – go through lifespan (handouts to group on infants), not as much focus on actual months but focus on the progression of milestones and what is needed to build on others. If you are interested and would like a copy later this summer, Michelle is willing to share (email
  • Goal – made all recipes consistent, using lots of large print words and pictures, has gone really well with students, and has decreased the number of questions (
  • To show simple and compound interest – plastic snow globes, filled with beads to show the example of simple interest to compound interest (snow globes available at dollar store in wintertime)
  • Invitation to visit Maumee High School, newly renovated kitchens. If you have any questions, would like to visit, please feel free.

WELCOME! Not listed on the planning committee because she just started in the role of OSU Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Williams County is Becky McGuire.










Thursday, April 20th, 2023

2023 FCS Teacher In-service AGENDA

Resources: (listed in order of the day’s presentations)

Moderated Discussion on Financial Literacy – COMING SOON – list of “answers”

FCS Teacher Sharing Time – What’s working in your classroom?

Creative Ways to Teach Topics

  • Find your match game – description on one card. The other had the “hello” my name is nametags with the term. The kids without a description or name card are the “matchmakers” as a way to keep all of the students involved.
  • Ugly sweater party – create a sweater for each element and add to their sketchbooks.
  • Paint Days – paper out a section of one kitchen. Use tempera paints – work on shades, tones, hues. Instead of the whole class, call up about 4-6 at a time while they’re working on other projects.
  • Boxed Game = Fun Empolyed: The Interview Game of Actual Jobs and Absurd Qualifications. Cards with unusual “skills”  There’s a job card and then you draw skills cards (they are quirky descriptions).  For school make sure you edit out any cards that won’t work in the classroom.
  • Simple example of matching cards with financial terms















Principles and elements of design – students find a room design (magazine page) they add the terms and definition to the page











Hanging Towels – Practice straight stitch and sew on button. Note: it works better with thin towels (the thicker fabric hand towels have been hard on the needles).

Pillowcases  – pillow cases, make two = one to donate, one to keep. Let them bring in their own fabric or buy out of funds. One yard of fabric – because they’re doing two, they buy one solid color and one complimentary fabric.

If you follow their links to Ohio and Toledo area, there is a contact name and email. It also gives three drop of sites, two east of us in Milan and Sandusky and the third site in Northwest Ohio is Way Public Library in Perrysburg Ohio.

If they have extra time (or asked to come in afterschool to make holiday gifts) make a wristlet (10×3”) – or a lanyard (longer). The hardware isn’t that expensive.

Professional Skills

Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal this ODE page lists the requirements, links to pds, and frequently asked questions. A few tips from FCS teachers (today’s example was from Transition and Careers class)

  • FCS teacher has it available for students a plastic three ring file sleeve with paper copies of instructions and sample and planning copy. Also makes color cardstock copies of the validation form (verses a black and white copy on paper). Any copy is acceptable for their validation and mentor signatures but we want to highlight the value of this opportunity.
  • For class activity, have students rank themselves at where they are at right now. Reassure them that it’s fine if they rank themselves low – these are  areas they will want to work on through high school.
  • Watch the movie The Intern and have students identify the professional skills
  • Students might say they don’t know who to ask as mentors for signatures – remind them of who they already see and work with. What groups and organizations are they part of? Do they attend a place of worship? Suggest they meet with their Dean – many have only had to meet with their Dean for examples like tardiness. If they’ve improved their attendance, meet with the Dean for a good reason.
  • Discussion question for students – even if you aren’t required to have this seal for graduation, why wouldn’t you do this? If you are applying for a job, how can you use this for your advantage?
  • Add it to their portfolio

Connecting With Students 

  • Celebrate students’ birthdays – if it’s not during the school year, celebrate half birthday. Sing happy birthday as a class (if they’re comfortable with it), give them a chocolate candy bar with printed birthday label and birthday certificate.   
  • MRT (Mrs R. Trivia) at the beginning of class (gets them moving and engaged for topics that might not seem as interesting to them). At the beginning of finance class I give them a multiple choice question about myself (for example, “what’s my favorite cereal?”). The four multiple choice answers are in the four kitchens so they stand by their answer. The winners get stickers.
  • March themes – we’re a big basketball school so I use March Madness as a theme for any of our topics. Whoever ends up with the winning “teams” (options) gets a prize like: winners get to pick the next two recipes for cooking.
  • Show off their work! I use the student fridge to post their good work. I had some fun magnets on that fridge but they’ve chosen to add to it – they’ve asked if it’s ok to bring in magnets from their vacation.
  • Resource person for your classroom – April Holbrook of Ohio Pork Council

Thank you FCS Teachers! #FCSsuccess




Thursday, April, 7th 2022: Welcome Back!

2022 FCS Teacher In-service agenda

Resources: (listed in order of agenda) – More to be added throughout the day

Secret History for FCS Teachers Powerpoint – Patrice Powers-Barker, OSU Extension, Lucas County and Melissa J. Rupp, OSU Extension, Fulton County

Digital Detox slides notes and references from Digital Detoxing in a Social World – Susan Zies, OSU Extension, Wood County:

Nature and Wellness slides notes – Laura Stanton, OSU Extension, Warren County

What’s new in the Kitchen? Air Fryers – Katie Schlagheck, OSU Extension, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties

Careers in Food and Nutrition slides notes – Jennifer Little, OSU Extension, Hancock County

Personal Finance Programs and Resources – check out Melissa’s Picks Financial Education

FCS Teacher Sharing Time – What’s working in your classroom?

Our FCS teachers share the best practices, tips, questions, and stories!

Love it when students allow FCS teachers to bring items for “show and tell”. Example of plarn (plastic yarn created from plastic grocery store bags) and crochet bag.

crochet bag made from plarn


Textile class is over lunch (the long period) – the students prepped plyarn (yarn made out of plastic grocery bags). Some students already have experience with crochet. This is a good topic as an introduction to the FCCLA repurpose and design.



Take Charge Today, Financial Education for a Better Future, The University of Arizona

Created a substitute teacher grid with eight writing prompts for Human Growth and Development. The students can work on the assignments in class. They can receive the 25 points by writing their answer to the question, one page in length.

As one way to do an assessment for Principles of Foods, using these worksheets to introduce labels – the nutrition label as well as the ingredient list. This is a good activity to let them do a taste test (a small sample) and learn the lessons before they move into projects in the lab.








A Year in Real Life – an online lesson with a packet that corresponds with a year’s worth of income and expenses. The students have a hard copy of a calendar to track where bills land in the month. The online lesson uses spin wheels to help determine different statuses for different life situations (savings, credit, apr for credit card, credit card, number of children, how the baby is born and hospital costs, different types of vacation, etc). For more information on the program, email

What can we do with our FCS students to benefit families in Ukraine? We had a short discussion with some possible ideas. Although there is no single answer, we have some ideas:

  • Make cookies for a bake sale.
  • Donate proceeds to the World Central Kitchen
  • Investigate charity organizations, compare the percentage of donations that go directly to people in need
  • Use the FCCLA Planning Process with students
  • May 2022: short promotion of the AWJH brownie bake sale


Other FCS Educators in Northwest Ohio:

Casey Bishop, OSU Extension, Paulding County

Central State University is an 1890 Land-Grant Institution. One difference is the location(s) that are served. For example, Jewel Rollins, works in the Northwest Region of Ohio, not just one county. Follow their Facebook page or use the direct contact information below.

  • Jewel Rollins,  Northwest Region Family & Consumer Science Educator, Central State University Extension, Email:  Phone: 419-913-7111
  • Hannah Albers,  Northwest Region 4-H Educator, Central State University Extension Email:  Phone: 937-710-5381

2020 and 2021: We missed seeing Northwest Ohio FCS teachers these springtimes due to COVID-19. We celebrate the work they offer all school year and we want to send an extra “thank you” during National Teacher Appreciation Week.

FCS teacher with heart

Thursday April 4th, 2019 – the following resources are added in order of the day’s agenda:

Keynote: The Ice Cream Sundae – A Perfect Model for Food Science in the FCS Classroom, presented by Pam Snyder

CIFT Food Industry Credentials, presented by Rebecca Singer, President and CEO, Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT)

Tour of the NOCK Facility and its mission, Paula Ray, Site Manager

Thank you Danielle Arbinger for sharing about your business, Guac Shop, website (and find them on facebook and instagram guacshop419)






Success Story: Thank you Chris and Lin Lane for sharing about your business, Country Lane BBQ, LLC, facebook

Lunchtime Information: David Little, CVE Curriculum Consultant

Mindful Moments (resource from Yoga 4 Classrooms – you can purchase their deck of cards and request a free download of six cards)

Lightening Round of Resources from OSU Extension, FCS Educators


FCS Teacher Share Time

(sorry, not all linked but here are some of the resources shared by teachers)

Book on Truck Food Cookbook, make foam food trucks to decorate the room. Ties in with lessons on recipes, cost of business, etc.

NGPF next generation personal finance (podcasts for your own professional development)  (FinLit fanatics FB page for teachers using this curriculum)


Copy of weekly calendar, standard – kids can view it, it helps with subs and helps stay organized and “magic binder” with all information in one binder

Use Google – students use resources including running their own webpage for Childhood Development

Question of the day on whiteboard, up all day to see what other students wrote, 2-3 days a week, sometimes review questions, sometimes questions for fun

Lambsville, financial management class activity, Ms. Lamb is the mayor. Put it all into the packet this year.

Interior Design – made an edible color wheel – vanilla wafers, can work as team to use food colors

Documentary – The True Cost, on Netflicks, one hour 32 min, prepare students to see graphic things (how our clothes are made in third world countries). Message for our youth: you cannot disregard the clothes in your closet. If you don’t wear it, please share/donate with others who can use it.

Fill Your Bucket by Carol McCloud (books for babies, toddlers and youth). In class they decorate small buckets for this “children”

Compost Stew, (HS students like the kids’ book) for food supply unit, movie Ingredients, movie

Fetal Development, focus on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome since it’s preventable.

January is Board Appreciation Month, FCS class made the meal of 2 soups and then served to the board (including the superintendent and other administrators). They loved the meal and all of them stayed to clean up. Have made connections with them throughout the year (sometimes food, sometimes other information for them)

3 out of 5 Board Members following on FB

University of Findlay –  Adulting 101

2023 draft Clutter free living lesson:

Additional PowerPoint presentations (no handouts included here)