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Portion Size Bingo

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Learning ZoneXpress
Producer:Learning ZoneXpress
Date Produced:September 2006
  • Game
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • High School (13-18 yrs)
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • Older Adults (51+)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Calories
Description:Help individuals learn the portion sizes recommended by the USDAs MyPyramid with this colorful, easy to use game. The laminated bingo cards depict foods and drinks that fall into six categories - grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat and beans, and oils and discretionary calories. The teacher reads a clue card - A mini one of these dense rolls shaped in a ring equals 1 oz. of grains. A large one equals 4 oz., after which participants guess the item bagel and cover its picture if it appears on their cards. Contents 30 bingo cards 8 x 11, 60 clue cards, master list, directions. Players 230
Ordering Info:888 455-7003 Phone 507 455-3380 Fax
Web Site:www.learningzonexpress.com


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based substantially on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Portion sizes, placement of food within food groups, coloration of bingo cards, logo, and term 'discretionary calories' are all used substantially on My Pyramid.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Scope of information is appropriate for all groups listed. Portion size information is included in both My Pyramid for Kids and the adult version of My Pyramid.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.

Purpose stated is clear.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

The material is organized with the food groups and portion sizes clearly represented.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Portion sizes appear to be accurate and discretionary calories are listed appropriately.
F. Learner Background
Material assumes reader has considerable background information.

The assumption is that the learner has much knowledge about discretionary calories, and also is highly literate. This would not be appropriate for any level of elementary school, or ESL clients.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met somewhat.

The language on the clue cards is not easy enough for elementary school children to guess correctly. However the cards are very easy to understand.
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 material had some good suggestions as to how to vary the learning experience.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.

There was not an obvious sponsor or brand name promotion which made the material appear to be objective.
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 fewer than three of the above.

Only one objective was mentioned- having a teacher read a cue card to identify portion sizes from My Pyramid. Inclusion of a website and alternate uses would have been easy to include.
K. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.

No recipes were shown. It would have been helpful using portion sizes.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.

No recipes but it would have been helpful especially a cost analysis with portion size, especially home made vs. store bought.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.

Self-explanatory, no resources needed for this material.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.

Resources and credits appeared to be complete and copyright was clear.
O. Summary
No summary or review is included.

No summary or review was included for the student.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.

Role models are not used. However the material is not ethnically biased.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Not applicable.

Many foods representing various cultures were used. The manufacturer might consider coming up with specific audience editions, for example, kosher.
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.

Various food were used that are eaten by different ethnicities, they were, however, not emphasized.

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

Main ideas are clear and represented very well via the card. Pictures sharp and clear. Portions clear.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.

Clear cue cards not misleading or leading. However language is too high a level for average adult with 6th grade level reading level. Appears to be more for a high school graduate.
C. Vocabulary
Excessive use of unfamiliar words or undefined technical terms.

Cue cards appropriate only for professionals and perhaps some paraprofessionals because of unfamiliar words. Bingo board is clear and easy to read for all audiences.
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.

Illustrations are bright and clear and easy to understand.
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.

Very enjoyable layout, color and design.
F. Visual Quality
Paper weight is heavy enough, print is mostly easy to read without much of body text in capital letters.

Card is heavy and high quality. A version might be made for older adults with larger font. Cue cards seemed flimsy and uninspired.
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.

Excellent clear headings and shading. Use of color good.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at 9th grade level or above.

Cue cards are at 9th grade level or above.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Bright colorful and high quality bingo card. Excellent resource to teach portion sizes reinforcing My Pyramid.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Cue cards are written at too high a level for young adults or children. Bingo card text is too small for some visually impaired or older adults. Assumption that discretionary calorie concept has already been taught.
C. General Comments
Excellent fun way to teach portion sizes.
D. Overall Summary
I would buy this resource if the cue cards have several sets in it - for children, for adults, and for older adults.

Reviewer Rating
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