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Team Up at Home: Team Nutrition Activity Booklet

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U.S. Department of Agriculture/Team Nutrition
Producer:U.S. Department of Agriculture/Team Nutrition
Date Produced:May 2007
  • Game
  • Web Site
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Child Care Providers
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Calories
Description:This is a collection of hands-on nutrition education activities for parents to use with their school-age children. This 36-page activity booklet is in a reproducible format for classroom and community use.
Web Site:Available for downloading at http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/teamupbooklet.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.

Appropriate for families and children ages 4-11 years.
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 does not assume that reader has background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met somewhat.

Very general objective and no final evaluation tool but should be achieved through various activities in booklet if answer keys are used for correct information.
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.

Very engaging activities that both parent/adult and child would enjoy doing individually or together. Would recommend multiple books/copies for more than one child.
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.
Not applicable.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Kid appealing recipes
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.

Easy to read recipes with colorfully drawn food pictures.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.

If more information is needed, there is reference to MyPyramid.gov and other fun resource websites.
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.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.

There are statements promoting being a good example as a parent and to exercise and eat healthy as a family. There is also one "Food and Activity Calendar" for both parent and kid to set goals and be active.
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
Not applicable.

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

Easy to read
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.

Special feature is "Ask Sharon", a parent and dietitian who provides lots of good ideas and tips for food-related issues with children.
C. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used is appropriate for intended audience. Minimizes use of technical terms and if used, are defined.

Used Kiwi instead of Kiwifruit.
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.

Clean and colorful if downloaded and printed on color printer or if ordering the book in hard copy. Less attractive and engaging in black and white.
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.

Most attractive if hard copy book or printed on color printer.
F. Visual Quality

Downloaded booklet so cannot comment on paper quality.
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 is at 6th, 7th or 8th grade level.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Very attractive and captivating activities for the entire family. The first assessment activity was an excellent "hook" to inspire the reader to delve deeper into the book.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Certain pages would be appropriate to be posted on a bulletin board or refrigerator, so to perforate the page, or instruct the reader to make an additional copy and post. The Meat and Beans group did not have activities included in this book and there was no information on oils or discretionary calories so to be more compatible with MyPyramid, these additions would be recommended.
C. General Comments
Fun resource for all age groups
D. Overall Summary
This resource promotes interaction between family members and this is always a wonderful feature.

Reviewer Rating
Any opinions expressed about any resource in this web site (either expressly or implied) are solely and completely the responsibility of the reviewer and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Highly Recommended

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