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Portion Size Wise (Ages 6-12)

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Learning ZoneXpress
Producer:Learning ZoneXpress
Date Produced:2007
  • Poster
  • Laminated
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • General Nutrition
  • Meal Planning
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Fats and Oils
  • Calories
Description:18" x 24" Laminated Help fight the child obesity epidemic with these colorful and informational posters. They depict what portions are usually served and what the appropriate portion should be for kids ages 6-12.
Ordering Info:Call 888-455-7003 or visit http://www.learningzonexpress.com/product.php?id=984.
Web Site:www.learningzonexpress.com


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.

The poster focuses on appropriate portion sizes for children ages 6-12 years. This poster demonstrates the impact of serving size on various food's calories and fat grams.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Commonly consumed foods are highlighted.
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.
G. Learning Objectives
Not applicable.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Not applicable.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented in a biased manner. Brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias is contained in text or illustrations.

Great pains were taken to remove the name of the AA batteries, cheese, and fruit; the names of the Maruchin Instant Lunch, Chef Boyardee spaghetti, Tropicana orange juice, and Blue Bunny yogurt, however, are clearly illustrated. This surprised me. Of course (with the exception of the soup), the same brand was used, but with two different sized containers, to demonstrate the impact of the serving size on calories and fat grams.
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)
No recipes are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.

No instructional resources were included with this material; this is a poster. I do think ancillary materials could be developed for the classroom teacher, however, to make this poster more appealing to the classroom teacher (e.g., a better buy).
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Credits, references, and resources outdated, inaccurate, and unusable, or no references/resources/credits provided.
O. Summary
No summary or review is included.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Not applicable.
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
Material is easy to read but does not personally involve the reader. Limited use of negative wording (e.g., “Don't eat”). Active voice is used most of the time.

One section of the poster focuses on the calories and grams of fat for various foods. The second section of this poster depicts aids to identify portion sizes (e.g., 2 AA batteries = about an ounce of cheese; 1 large egg = 1/4 cup dried fruit; etc.). The section of the poster shows two plates, one with large portions and one with smaller, more appropriate portions.
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.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout are distracting; too much print on the page.

The colors did not appeal to me at all. The primary colors are plum and bright yellow. Unfortunately, the foods placed on the plum-colored plate are all orange and yellow (macaroni and cheese, carrots, chicken nuggets). The poster could be significantly improved if the plate colored was changed...possibly to a lime green or cobalt blue.
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.

Nicely laminated. This poster will last.
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. This poster is separated into three distinct functions all dealing with portion sizes: 1) portions of foods served in a meal, 2) standard vs. large packaged serving sizes, and 3) a portion size guide using standard items (e.g., CD, hockey puck, baseball, dice).
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at or below 5th grade level for low-literacy materials. Assessment method provided.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
I think this is a fine poster that could elicit discussion in a classroom.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
I find the colors of this poster somewhat distracting (e.g., the plum colored plate covered with deep yellow and orange foods). Too much yellow and purple for me. I also find it interesting that several name brands are clearly depicted....yet others were clearly removed.
C. General Comments
Nice balance of concepts emphasizing portion control. It would be nice if there was a teacher's guide and some lessons integrating this poster into nutrition education lessons focusing on MyPyramid and "what is a serving."
D. Overall Summary
Students 6-12 years of age need this information to help them make healthier choices. I do wish there was a supplemental teachers guide to help the instructor integrate this poster into a nutrition education lesson.

Reviewer Rating
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