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What Should I Put on My Plate?

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Abrams Learning Trends
Producer:Abrams Learning Trends
Date Produced:2012
  • Booklet
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Vitamins and Minerals
Description:This informational text presents MyPlate guidelines and shows readers what a “healthy plate” looks like. Children view examples of healthy foods in each food group, and then choose additional healthy options. The book contains a set of food Attachables™ to build a healthy meal on the back cover, as well as a glossary, Food Facts section, and teacher’s guide.
Cost:$39.95 for the Interactive Big Book and $30.00 for the Student Edition 6-packs
Ordering Info:By phone Toll Free: 800-227-9120; By fax: 800-737-3322; online: www.abramslearningtrends.com
Web Site:www.abramslearningtrends.com


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.
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.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.
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)
No recipes are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with suggestions for enhancing the teaching process. Suggestions for follow-up learning activities/discussion questions included.

The instructor resources are excellent! Many different lesson plans are included complete with application to the Science Standards.
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.

Overall, this is a wonderful nutrition education tool for preschoolers and young school-age children. The various lesson plans provided in the Teacher’s Guide are well-founded for the age group.

A. Role Models
Does not include negative stereotypes but fails to consider role models in nontraditional roles.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Material does not include any outright negative stereotypes concerning racial, religious, or ethnic groups.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material reflects, but does not emphasize, a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

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
Most words used are appropriate for intended audience. Some unidentified technical terms are used.

The words used in the Big Book are a bit advanced for the younger, preschool aged children. However, with the teacher reading these words and discussing the concept, this limitation is lessened.
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.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
The nutrition education material, “What Should I Put on My Plate?” is designed to introduce the concepts within MyPlate to young children. Its physical size with large font is perfect for reading aloud and interactive learning with the children. The book is colorful, engaging, and kid-friendly.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
A main of concern is the limited inclusion of ethnic foods.
C. General Comments
This is a sound nutrition education tool for use with small children. The Teacher’s Guide provides many lesson plans with assessment activities and application to the Science Standards already developed. While the book and Teacher’s Guide are not in Spanish and have limited references to ethnic foods, a family letter is available in Spanish.
D. Overall Summary
The Big Book entitled, “What Should I Put on My Plate?” is an interactive and engaging book for young children. The book is based on the food groups depicted by MyPlate and allows for children to add foods to the plate in the book. The Teacher’s Guide provides a multitude of teaching strategies from large group activities to outdoor activities to scientific inquiry. Assessment tools as well as home to school connection activities are included.

Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended

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