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Serving Up MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum (Level 2)

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USDA FNS Team Nutrition
Producer:USDA FNS Team Nutrition
Date Produced:September 2012
  • CD-ROM
  • Booklet
  • Game
  • Poster
  • Curriculum
  • Newsletter
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Calories
Description:Serving Up MyPlate is a new collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of handsĖon activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy. Curriculum components: (1) Teacherís Guides: Each Teacher's Guide has three inquiry-driven lessons that help children discover nutrition, explain their understandings, and reflect upon their experiences - all of which encourage a lasting awareness of what it means to be healthy. Level 1 (Grades 1 and 2), Level 2 (Grades 3 and 4), and Level 3 (Grades 5 and 6; linked below) Print Availability: Elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or other Child Nutrition program may order a free print copy of the Teacherís Guides. (2) Original Songs: Each level includes activities using original songs that help students learn about healthy choices in an engaging and memorable way. Lyrics are included in each of the Teacher's Guides. Alive with 5 Food Groups (for Levels 1 and 2), Do/Be (for all levels), Do Your Body Right (for Level 3) CD Availability: A CD of the songs is included in each printed Teacherís Guide. (3) Poster: This two-sided poster ( 36"x24") shows the MyPlate icon and foods in the five food groups. A blank MyPlate on the reverse can be used as a tool to assess students' understanding. Eat Smart to Play Hard with MyPlate Poster Print Availability: Elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or other Child Nutrition program may order a free print copy of the poster. (4) Mini Poster: This two-sided mini poster (8-1/2"x11") shows the Myplate icon on one side and foods in the five food groups on the reverse. Eat Smart to Play Hard with Myplate Mini-Poster, and Alimentate bien para jugar con ganas (Spanish) Print Availability: Elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or other Child Nutrition program may order free print copies of the English and Spanish mini-posters in packages of 35. (5) Parent Handout: This colorful handout (4-page booklet) for parents reinforces the class lessons at home. It's available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and French. MyPlate at Home, MiPlato en casa (Spanish), MyPlate at Home (Traditional Chinese), and Mon assiette ŗ la maison (French) Print Availability: The printed Teacherís Guides come with a package of 35 MyPlate at Home handouts in English and a single copy of MyPlate at Home in Spanish. Elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program or other Child Nutrition program may order additional free print copies of the parent handout in English (packages of 35), Spanish (packages of 35), Chinese and/or French. (6) Additional Games and Resources (Extra Helpings): Each lesson includes ideas on how to extend the learning beyond the lesson. Blast Off! Game, Track & Field Fuel-Up Challenge Game, and Nutrition Facts Labels are all available in Level 3. CD Availability: A CD of the Blast Off! game is included in the printed Teacherís Guide for Level 3. The Track & Field Game is only available online.
Language:Portions of the resource are available in Spanish, Chinese, or French
Ordering Info:Visit the Team Nutrition website at the link below to access the material in PDF or to order (for eligible schools and child care settings).
Web Site:http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/serving-myplate-yummy-curriculum


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 assumes that reader has some background information.

Food groups and familiar foods are somewhat assumed, but this is appropriate.
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.

The who am I game is a good way to engage critical thinking because it is investigative. The snack of champions handout is a great way to take advantage of how kids really look up to athletes.
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.

There is no evaluation component with this material. A pre/post assessment would add to the value of this curriculum not only for researchers, but for teachers who like to see in what areas their students improve.
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.
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
Racial, ethnic, and religious groups are represented in a factual manner showing a variety of roles, occupations, and values.

No religious groups represented, but this is appropriate.
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
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 seems appropriate.

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.
C. Auditory Quality
Speaker, voice and music are clear; sound is audible and has good quality.
D. Visual Quality
Visuals are clear and properly framed; graphics and titles are clearly visible; color, lighting, and editing enhance presentation of content.
E. Continuity
Continuity provides cohesiveness and smooth flow. Visuals in logical order. Auditory portion precisely matched with visual portion.

Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; there are no broken hyperlinks.
B. Readability
Text size is adequate for viewing. Good contrast between text and background.
C. Navigation
Information is somewhat difficult to find due to limited navigation tools.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Very interactive and age appropriate. Nicely written letter to parents, with good examples of different types of healthy plates for parents to reinforce at home.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
If this came with a kit of materials to help teachers it would be easier for teachers to get started.
C. General Comments
The songs are excellent!!
D. Overall Summary
Good basic materials for a teacher just starting to teach nutrition or a teacher who has been teaching nutrition looking for up-to-date information and new fun ideas for learning!

Reviewer Rating
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