By Jessica Conrad
Cougar News Blog
Cactus Canyon is cooking up some enrichment activities for eighth graders. The new program is giving students an opportunity to learn forensics with CSI and even cook some healthy snacks while learning about nutrition in the body.
The 30-minute enrichment class is a part of the Beyond Textbooks program and happens during the students’ Study Skills time. The time gives students a chance to do more productive, yet educational activities. The enrichment includes a creative writing class, a World War II class, and a class that teaches about life as a pirate.
Some classes have been doubled due to a lot of students wanting to join the activities. For example, eighth-grade science teachers Regan Roach and Candice Wyatt will both be teaching CSI classes, with each having about 40 students in class.
In the CSI enrichment, students will be learning what forensic science is, doing a fingerprint, handwriting, and blood spatter analysis. They will also be doing a crime-scene clean-up.
“I want my students to learn to love learning,” said eighth-grade science teacher Regan Roach. “By offering different types of lessons, I am hoping that students will be more engaged in the lessons.”
Another class that is offered is a cooking class taught by Lisa Smith. This class has about 40 students also. In the cooking enrichment, students will be learning about calories, the new food pyramid called My Plate, and how to read nutrition labels. Every Friday they will be having a cooking day and will make different types of recipes like fruit pizza, grilled cheese, and a red, white, and blue trifle dessert. Two of the recipes they are preparing require no baking and the third they will be using waffle irons to grill bread.
“I expect my students to be able to increase their knowledge of food and cooking techniques,” said Mrs. Smith. “I love to watch cooking shows and try new recipes all the time. I wanted to share this passion with the students.”