8th Grade FACS Class

Rationale Statement:  The key to developing an effective organization, whether it is in the workplace or community, depends on perspective, character, and group interaction.  People need to understand the processes for creating an environment that values both relationships and results.  They need to be able to lead, accomplish goals, and effectively work with others.  This course will cover the foundational concepts of family and consumer sciences.


Topics covered:
  • Leadership/FCCLA
  • Volunteerism
  • Human Development (Childcare & Parenting Skills)
  • Interior Design/Household Management
  • Nutrition & Wellness
  • Kitchen Basics/Cookery



Indicator #1: Evaluate skills for effective leadership in the workplace and community

Class Introduction

  • Intro to Class/Website/Prezi
  • Assignment #1: Class Syllabus/Parent Take-Home Sheet
  • Assignment #2: Time Capsule Project Assignment / Time Capsule Parent Letter


CTEF 1.1 Analyze characteristics, leadership styles, and habits of effective leaders.

CTEF 1.2 Develop strategies for effective management of self, teams, and organizations  

CTFE 1.4 Assess programs, activities, and leadership opportunities of career and technical student organizations in preparing future leaders  

CTEF 1.5 Apply standards of ethical behavior in leadership situations.



  • Assignment #1:  "A Leader is Like"  Select any object from your pocket, purse, bag, the room, etc.  Think of a way to describe a good leader using the item selected as a comparison.  After everyone has selected an item and filled in the form, share responses among the members.  Develop a list of characteristics of effective and ineffective leaders
  • Assignment #2:  Identify effective leadership styles for given situations
  • Assignment #3:  Write and tape a commercial that sells one of the “Six Pillars of Character” as important to effective leaders
  • Assignment #4:  Select a leader that you admire and write a biological sketch that describes the leadership characteristics, style, and habits of that person
  • Assignment #5:  Analyze personal leadership characteristics, style, and habits
  • Assignment #1:  View the Communication PowerPoint and complete the Communication Unit Notes
  • Assignment #2:  Complete the Communication Exercise for Teenagers.
  • Assignment #3:  Wagon Wheel Activity


CE2.1 Summarize the importance of volunteerism.

CE2.2 Explain the purpose of goals for volunteering.

CE3.1 Exemplify community and civic responsibilities that support individual interests.

CE3.2 Implement volunteer projects based on community needs.

  • "A Pep Talk from Kid President" Video

  • Locate volunteer opportunities related to personal skills.

  • Use an online forum to discuss how volunteering is important to the local community and the individual.

  • Reflect on the importance of volunteerism and write a letter or request for a volunteer opportunity.

  • Define short and long term goals and give an example of each.

  • List three short term goals for a personal volunteer opportunity. 

  • List long term goals for school and community organizations working with individuals.

  • Compare community and state leader's responsibilities.

  • Investigate the process of voting.

  • Create a new community; identify all systems needed to run the community successfully.

Review FCCLA planning Process and Community Service Project.

Research and Identify needs of local community.

Use planning process to create a volunteer project using the identified needs to meet a global need.


Human Development  - Childcare/Parenting

HD3.1 Compare developmentally appropriate learning activities for infants, toddlers, or preschoolers

HD3.2 Implement developmentally appropriate learning activities for infants, toddlers, or preschoolers.

HD4.1 Recognize expectations of parenting.

HD4.2 Compare nurturing practices that support growth and development. 

  • Select children's books to match child's interest

  • Research toys for developmental appropriateness.

  • Compare children's websites, TV or video games.


  • Develop learning activities using supplies on hand.

  • Write and read a developmentally appropriate book based on a learning activitiy.


  • Match stages of growth to developmental milestones.

  • Classify developmental tasks to types of development.

  • Identify safe environment and child care practices.


  • Interview a parent about his/her experience as a child and parent.

  • Ask questions of parents using  a panel format.


  • Identify Erikson's 8 Stage of Development and write a reaction to a parent-child relationship.

  • Use mind map exercise to explore parent-child expectations.

  • Apply the decision-making Process

Interior Design/

Household Management

ID2.1 Understand the elements and principles of design used in an interior space.

ID2.3 Use space planning guidelines.

  • Create a color wheel.

  • Find examples of illustrations for elements and principles of design.

  • Create floor plan using a computer graphic program.

  • Organize personal space at school or home

  • Identify space for diverse living arrangements.

  • Laundry Basics

  • Cleaning Basics

Nutrition & Wellness  

NW2.1 Infer food choice decisions which affect wellness.

NW2.2 Recognize activity level and habits that affect individual and family wellness.

NW2.3 Apply dietary guidelines in menu planning.


  • http://www.couldntcareles.org/ 

  • Explain nutritional guidelines.

  • Survey classmates on the impact of vending, fast/convenience foods on their food choices.


  • Determine the amount and types of activities needed to expend calories consumed.

  • Describe how a lifestyle affects eating and wellness habits.

  • Plan, execute, and record a fitness plan based on a healthy weight and daily physical activity appropriate for age group.

Kitchen Basics/Cookery

NW3.1 Explain common practices that promote sanitary food conditions.

NW3.2 Execute safe procedures in the food laboratory. 

  • List practices for maintaining a safe and sanitary environment where food is prepared and stored.
  • Create a public service announcement promoting safety and sanitation.
  • Develop an education learning aid for safe and proper use of food laboratory equipment.
  • Demonstrate correct procedures to upkeep of food laboratory equipment.
  • Implement safe practices when preparing food items.



Highmore High School Family & Consumer Sciences and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.