Collaborative Lesson Ideas
The lesson idea below, submitted by Virginia teachers, offer possibilities for interdisciplinary links between Family and Consumer Sciences and other courses, as well as suggestions for additional ways teachers can reinforce a variety of Standards of Learning in the CTE classroom.
Great Granny’s Will
Consumer Mathematics, Leadership Studies Seminar, Family and Consumer Sciences
- Create new products by using existing ones in an unusual way.
- Select apartment space, furnishings, and personal necessities for independent living.
- Develop a personal budget.
By combining creative vision with practical skills such as the ability to use resources, a person can effect positive changes in his or her day-to-day life.
- Catalogs (furniture, building, environmental, or other)
- “Granny’s Will” (see handout)
- Following the provisions of “Great Granny’s Will,” students write down ways to use the contents of Great Granny’s attic in new or unusual ways. For example, buttons cannot be sewn on a shirt but may be used to create a picture.
- Depending on the creativity shown in their ideas, students are “awarded” some or all of Great Granny’s $250,000.00 estate to spend. Give the students newspaper classified ads and catalogs, and have each student find and furnish an apartment to live in.
- Have each student make a comprehensive list of all personal expenses for a month. These expenses should include rent, food, necessities, school fees, car fees, insurance, entertainment, clothing, or any other items needed. This information can be expanded into a monthly/yearly budget.
Evaluation of student performance
- Descriptions of the new items made from attic items will be clear, concise, and grammatically correct.
- Students will use a variety of resources to select items for purchase.
- Comprehensive list of expenses will include each type of expense specified by the instructor and will be logically organized and correctly totaled.
Related Academic Standards of Learning
Handout: Great Granny’s Will
Great Granny died recently and left you, her favorite great-grandchild, $250,000. However, there is one slight “catch” to work out before you receive the money. She wants you to go through her attic and find some use for every object in it. You are not allowed to sell anything, throw it away, or donate it. You must use all the items in a way that differs from their original use. The items in the attic include those below (can be altered to meet any lesson plan).
- A box of assorted buttons
- A bunch of faded pictures of Great Granny’s friends and relatives
- An adult “potty chair” from the 1800s. It is made of wood with a 12-inch circle cut out of the seat where a pan was inserted
- A box of old books
- A large Victorian plant stand
- A one-piece bathing suit worn by Granny in 1892
- Six petticoats (three with hoops in them)
- A cedar chest
- Three white napkins embroidered in pink and blue
- Six plastic baskets in which mice have been playing
- Seventeen player piano rolls (without the piano)
- A box of broken and half-used candles
- Thirteen empty dress boxes
- A 20-inch stuffed baby alligator (with a torn leg) which Granny bought on a trip to Florida
- A large tin bucket
- A box filled with holiday cards sent to Granny over the last 20 years
- A 24-inch marble bust of President Buchanan
- Two quill pens and an ink well
- Five of Granny’s old hats in five round hat boxes
This lesson plan came from Powhatan County Public Schools
Powhatan High School, 804/598-5710
- Fred Matthies, Technology Education teacher
- Mary Payne, Mathematics teacher
- Gail Timberlake, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher