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MyPlate Nutrition Education Kit for Head Start

Image courtesy of:
Child Safety Solutions, Inc. & Slim Goodbody Corp.
Producer:Child Safety Solutions, Inc. & Slim Goodbody Corp.
Date Produced:January 2012
  • Booklet
  • Fact Sheet
  • Flyer
  • Game
  • Poster
  • Curriculum
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • General Nutrition
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Vegetarian Diets
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
Description:Teaching nutrition based on the USDAís MyPlate guidelines has never been easier. Even if you have students who have food allergies and sensitivities. Even if you have students who are vegetarians or vegans. This time-saving curriculum kit is keyed to Head Start Performance Standards and offers flexible activities and lessons that make it easy to integrate into existing programs. Specifically, this kit it is designed to help meet Head Start Regulations 1340.21, 1304.23 and 1304.40. The 5-2-1-0 message is also incorporated into the MyPlate Teacherís Guide, Teaching Cards, Parent Tip Sheet and Paint Activity Sheet (5-servings of fruits and vegetables per day; 2-no more than two hours of screen time; 1-at least one hour of physical activity; 0-zero sugary drinks and sodas).
Language:Spanish take home materials and teaching tools are available.
Ordering Info:Please call 1-877-669-7233, ext. 205
Web Site:http://www.imsafe.com/product/11-4000-myplate-nutrition-education-kit-head-start


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based substantially on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.

This curriculum also states that it supports and/or meets some Head Start learning requirements (1304.21, 1304.23 and 1304.40).
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Material includes a variety of stimulating and interesting learning experiences, questions, projects, or suggestions for further action that will involve the reader.

This kit includes many parts: a teacherís guide, over-sized storybook featuring MyPlate Nutrition Hero and a puppet to go along with it, 12 laminated MyPlate teaching cards, one set of 25 bingo cards, 25 paint activity sheets, 25 parent tip sheets, 25 activity/recipe cards, 25 removable tattoo sheets, MyPlate classroom poster, MyPlate placemat master, 25 Iím Safe! Certificates, and a canvas bag to hold the supplies.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. Company name may be mentioned but product name is not contained in text or illustrations.

There is an advertisement for other Iím Safe materials/resources on the back of the teacherís guide and on page 32 of the guide.
J. Inclusion of learning objectives, learner activities, instructional aids, lesson plans, evaluation component, identification of required instructional materials, web site with additional materials.
Material includes five or more of the above.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

There is one recipe for fruit salad with yogurt included in one of the take home activity sheets.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with suggestions for enhancing the teaching process. Suggestions for follow-up learning activities/discussion questions included.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

A. Role Models
Positive role models are provided in text and illustrations. Role models presented as having many roles, traits, and emotions.

MyPlate Nutrition Hero is the main role model.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Not applicable.

Most of the material includes illustrations. There are a few photos of kids and family which show a variety of racial groups. There are no references to roles, occupations or values in this resource.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material emphasizes a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

There is one suggestion that eating habits of people around the world be discussed with children.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.
C. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used is appropriate for intended audience. Minimizes use of technical terms and if used, are defined.
D. Supportive Illustrations
All of the illustrations contribute to the material and are on the same page as their textual references. Tables and graphs are as simple and easy to read as possible. All information needed in graphs and tables is provided in a form requiring no further explanation.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are attractive, and stimulate interest, without being too busy. There is good balance between print and blank space.
F. Visual Quality
Paper weight used is heavy enough so that print from one side cannot be seen on the other side. Text is written in a font size that is easy to read, and the main body is not written in capital letters.
G. Headings/Cueing Devices
Clear headings are provided for each topic area. Cueing devices (shading, boxes, arrows, etc.) are used to direct attention to key points.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at or below 5th grade level for low-literacy materials. Assessment method provided.

With the exception of the teacherís guide, materials are aimed at pre kindergarten-kindergarten age children.

Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; there are no broken hyperlinks.

The website mentioned in the teacherís guide is for purchasing other products from the Iím Safe company, however there are a few free resources available on the site as well.
B. Readability
Text size is adequate for viewing. Good contrast between text and background.
C. Navigation
Navigation through the web site is logical and aided by navigation buttons and a site map or search tool.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
This is a very complete kit. It includes many varied materials for teaching children about MyPlate and would be useful for teachers who do not have a lot of time to develop teaching materials. There are a lot of great ideas in the Teacherís Guide that would allow teachers to expand on the basic concepts featured in the storybook about each food group. The kit also allows for continued learning at home when the take-home activities are utilized.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
C. General Comments
Very colorful illustrations throughout the kit make it very child friendly. All of the take home activities in the teacherís guide are in both English and Spanish.
D. Overall Summary
An excellent resource kit for teachers or caregivers of pre-k to kindergarten.

Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended

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