National Consumers League

LifeSmarts gearing up for 2010-2011 with exciting changes


By Lisa Hertzberg, LifeSmarts Program Director LifeSmarts is gearing up for the new program year and we’re really excited about some of the new features you’ll find in September. Here’s a sneak peek: TeamSmarts TeamSmarts provides a great way to delve deeper into one subject area, prepare for in-person competition, and forge teamwork and leadership skills among your team members. This new online LifeSmarts activity is designed to be used cooperatively by teams of students. Beginning in September you can challenge your team with 100-question quizzes that will rotate monthly. From September through January quizzes will focus on one LifeSmarts topic per month: personal finance, consumer rights and responsibilities, technology, health and safety, and the environment. In February you can test your students with a quiz across all topic areas. FCCLA partnership Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America uses the Family and Consumer Science platform to engage students in real-world learning, and the LifeSmarts program is here to motivate students in the classroom and open doors for them – and their families – beyond. In a special partnership with FCCLA, LifeSmarts offers FCCLA Advisers:

  • The opportunity to earn monthly chapter cash awards by competing in TeamSmarts
  • The chance for your chapter’s team to represent FCCLA and compete at the 2011 National LifeSmarts Championship in Los Angeles
  • The TeamSmarts practice tool to help prepare for in-person LifeSmarts and FCCLA Quiz Bowl competitions
  • A competitive classroom activity
LifeSmarts U lessons on fraud and health Looking for ways to spark ordinary lessons and engage students in emerging consumer topics? LifeSmarts U is a great place to start. Lesson are multi-faceted and combine activities students complete on their own with supplemental Power Points and lesson plans that educators may use to round out each activity. In addition to personal finance and technology lessons, new this fall, look for lessons on fraud and health. New teaching tools New calendars, questions, and other teaching tools are available at:!