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MyPlate Project

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The OrganWise Guys Incorporated
Producer:The OrganWise Guys Incorporated
Date Produced:2012
  • Booklet
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Child Care Providers
  • General Nutrition
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
Description:Learn what the different sections of MyPlate stand for as "the guys" work to create their very own "OrganWise" version of a MyPlate placemat!
Language:English and Spanish
Ordering Info:Order online at the website link below or call us at 800-786-1730.
Web Site:http://organwiseguys.com/shop/myplate-items/myplate-project.html


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material incorporates and uses some concepts in MyPlate or the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Material spends more time on the development process of the placemat than it does conveying actual MyPlate messages. Also, the messages don’t seem to reflect entirely the MyPlate language about each food group (e.g., vegetable group focuses on their water content).
B. Scope
Scope of information is a mix of appropriate and less than appropriate concepts.

Material spends more time than needed on the entrepreneurial characteristics needed to develop the placemat – a good skill set for kids to have but seems overly focused on that for a book intended for “the younger years.”
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.

Caveat: the purpose is stated clearly in the introduction, but the guide’s true purpose seems to be different than what is stated. As mentioned above, it spends way more time focused on the entrepreneurial process to develop the MyPlate placemat than it does on any actual MyPlate themes or messages.
D. Organization
Material is organized but not all major points are easily identified.

For example, the proteins group information says “Now it was time for Madame Muscle to share her favorite Proteins.” That’s ALL that is stated about proteins – it doesn’t clearly connect protein foods to developing strong muscles, nor give any other messaging around healthy choices from the protein group.
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 not identifiable and/or not met.

The material does not seem to meet most of the curriculum concepts outlined very clearly in the introduction – for example, “understanding the nutritional value in the recommended foods” and “understanding the food recommendations of MyPlate” (too broad).
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.

The picture search for MyPlate foods in each food group is by far the best part of the material.
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 three or four of the above.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources

This resource would be more helpful if there was a companion piece for instructors to let them know how to build on the discussion about entrepreneurship and how to best facilitate discussion about each food group and the healthy choices from each group. Right now it assumes knowledge on the part of the teacher that should not be assumed. In addition, the instructions to “teachers/parents” on the last page are extremely confusing – what does it mean to “share with your family” if you are the teacher?
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
No summary or review is included.

Don’t see anything that summarizes the MyPlate themes that the kids were supposed to learn about, but as previously mentioned, the bulk of this guide is not actually focused on MyPlate themes.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Not applicable.
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.

Diversity of foods represented that would work for different socioeconomic groups and cultures.

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
Few or no topic headings provided. No cueing devices included.

Could be helpful to use shading of MyPlate to emphasize which food group is being focused on with each picture. Could be more obvious from the top of the page instead of just the bottom.
H. Approximate Reading Level

This is a teacher's guide so reading level is not relevant

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Fun, interactive picture searches for healthy MyPlate choices in each food group.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
More focus on MyPlate themes and less on the placemat development process which seems very self-promotional.
C. General Comments
D. Overall Summary
The guide should be re-organized to focus more on MyPlate themes and take out the overly lengthy discussion on the development. It should also be written in such a way as to provide ideas on how kids can do something entrepreneurial with regards to MyPlate themselves (perhaps with accompanying ideas for teachers) rather than being so self-promotional about their own process.

Reviewer Rating
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Recommended with Reservations

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