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Fun with Foodella

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South Dakota Team Nutrition; Child & Adult Nutrition Services Division of the South Dakota Department of Education
Producer:South Dakota Team Nutrition; Child & Adult Nutrition Services Division of the South Dakota Department of Education
Date Produced:2007
  • Booklet
  • Curriculum
  • Web Site
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Health at Every Size
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Vegetarian Diets
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Food Safety
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Vitamins and Minerals
Description:64-page activity booklet called Fun with Foodella featuring a lively and trim elephant, Foodella, who shares nutrition and healthy eating for 2nd and 3rd graders. Includes a teachers guide with nutrition background information.
Ordering Info:Download from http://doe.sd.gov/oess/cans/nutrition/curriculum.asp
Web Site:http://doe.sd.gov/oess/cans/nutrition/curriculum.asp


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.

Uses MyPyramid and covers other topics as well.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Some of the activities and materials might be a little too much for 1st graders, but it is certainly appropriate in general for elementary school. Teachers should be able to adjust up or down as needed.
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.

The information is accurate as far as MyPyramid, but it does still reference the 5 A Day program, which is now being phased out in favor of More Matters. That might be a problem in the future.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.

The teachers manual provides good background information and suggestions, but the program relies on teacher and children having, working with and using MyPyramid.
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.

Refers students to MyPyramid for Kids, provides lots of activities in the student workbook, and provides lots of additional resource websites for the teachers to use.
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)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Only a few foods activities, but they are good ones.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.

Recipes are very simple, and only include calorie content analysis.
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.

Mostly websites, but very good list included.
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.

Not many included, but the illustrations of the children are varied. Elephants are a distinctly different race!
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Racial, ethnic, and religious groups are represented in a factual manner showing a variety of roles, occupations, and values.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material emphasizes a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

Excellent materials included in the teacher manual, and teacher is reminded to be sensitive to various lifestyles, ethnic backgrounds, weight, home practices, etc.

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
Illustrations are related to the material in some way. Most tables and graphs are as simple and easy to read as possible. In most tables and graphs, information is provided in a form requiring no further explanation.

In a few of the activities illustrations about the different choices were not obviously different. And given the current wildfire situation, I'm concerned that the characters are shown leaving a campsite with an open fire unattended. Minor maybe, but important!
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

Can't tell from on-line what the paper quality of the printed product will be.
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.

Objectives are set apart in a box for each section, easy to find.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at or below 5th grade level for low-literacy materials. Assessment method provided.

Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; there are no broken hyperlinks.

Review was done on pdf from source website, which was easy to find and follow.
B. Readability
Text size is adequate for viewing. Some portions of text difficult to read.

In some places the font in the pdf was not the easiest to read.
C. Navigation

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Good activities for children; simple, easy to follow. Good topic progression and good choice of topics, clear graphics and illustrations; good reminders for being sensitive to different home situations.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Depends a lot on paper activities in workbook, which could be a problem in schools which try to limit use of paper. Next revision bring 5 A Day up to date as More Matters.
C. General Comments
Very nice, very well done, clear, and good teachers manual with lots of suggestions, resource list of additional websites for materials and activities.
D. Overall Summary

Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended

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