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MyPlate School Assembly Kit

Image courtesy of:
The OrganWise Guys Incorporated
Producer:The OrganWise Guys Incorporated
Date Produced:2011
  • CD-ROM
  • Brochure
  • Curriculum
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Child Care Providers
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
Description:This speaker's kit contains everything a presenter needs to conduct a fun, interactive and effective health lesson for elementary age children. The kit provides an in-depth script, a PowerPoint CD, master activity sheets, an evaluation tool, tips for a successful presentation and more! This presentation can be delivered in a group setting (ranging from an individual classroom to a school-wide assembly), is perfect for all grades (2 scripts are included; one for preK-2nd and one for 3rd -5th) and is a great way to kick off an OrganWise initiative. This is also ideal for after-school programs!
Ordering Info:You can purchase online at the website link below or by calling 800-786-1730.
Web Site:http://organwiseguys.com/shop/myplate-items/myplate-school-assembly-kit.html


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.

Presentation is well laid out and easy to follow, even for a less experienced presenter. Presentation is in two distinct sections based on age.
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.

Presentation notes provide options for engaging with an audience with limited knowledge base, even accounting for the lower age group of the younger intended audiences.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives not identifiable and/or not met.

Learning objectives were implied but never explicitly stated-the pre/post evaluation suggests the objectives as does the content, but they should be stated upfront.
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.

There are appropriate work sheets for each age group that encourages synthesis of the presented material.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented in a biased manner. Brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias is contained in text or illustrations.

Subject Matter is presented in the context of the OrganWise Guys-material is accurate, but the branding is inherent in the materials.
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.

As stated previously-objectives are implied but not presented obviously.
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.

Both age category presentations offer advice on how to engage the audience, as well as appropriate handouts and evaluation forms.
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.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Not applicable.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Not applicable.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.

The suggested commentary is very helpful, particularly for a less experienced public speaker.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.

Writing approach addresses throughout how to engage the audience in an age appropriate manner.
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.

The graphics for each presentation and the accompanying handouts are concise, not cluttered, and easy to read.
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

The reading level for the presenter is that of approximately 9th grade, however the materials intended for distribution and the presentation itself is age appropriate for both of the intended age group audiences (below a fifth grade level).

Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are mutually supportive to presentation of concepts.
B. Pace
Presentation progresses at a pace that permits comprehension. Pacing of dialogue is appropriate for absorbing concepts presented. Blank time is provided.

As the presenter controls the powerpoint slides, there is the ability to pace the presentation according to the needs of the audience.
C. Auditory Quality

Not applicable, in general, as a presenter is intended to speak to the audiences utilizing the slides.
D. Visual Quality
Visuals are clear and properly framed; graphics and titles are clearly visible; color, lighting, and editing enhance presentation of content.

Visuals are a strong component of this material-they are clean and engaging.
E. Continuity
Continuity provides cohesiveness and smooth flow. Visuals in logical order. Auditory portion precisely matched with visual portion.

Auditory portion not applicable, per above; presenter is in charge of orating.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
The visuals are done very well-they are engaging and clean.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Learning goals/objectives and intended outcomes could be included for each age group rather than implied in the evaluation.
C. General Comments
Done in an interesting manner to introduce two age groups to both MyPlate and the various organs that benefit from target foods/nutrients from each food group. Also encourages water intake and physical activity in-line with Dietary Guidelines, 2010.
D. Overall Summary
This is an easy to use resource for educators of all backgrounds. The presentation materials and format are easy to understand and age appropriate. Accompanying materials are beneficial and address key concepts.

Reviewer Rating
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