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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.

Initially, this poster appears to be based on MyPyramid. However, in examining the segments labeled Portion Wise the portion size recommended is not consistent with MyPyramid food equivalents. For example, looking at the macaroni and cheese the portion wise is one cup. Whereas, 1 ounce of dry or 1/2 cup of cooked macaroni is 1 grain equivalent in MyPyramid.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

If the target audience is parents of children ages 6-12. The information is too advanced for children ages 6-8 without additional instruction.
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 material on the poster is not inaccurate; however, it is not supported by how much is needed per day of a particular food. Some of the foods illustrated such as the macaroni and orange juice are more than one equivalent as described by MyPyramid.
F. Learner Background
Material assumes that reader has some background information.

Reader needs some background to realize that the portion wise information is not = one equivalent. It would be important for the reader to know how much is needed daily as they look at the portion wise descriptions. As a child this age group needs 4-5 grain equivalents, the reader needs to realize that 1 cup = 2 equivalents.
G. Learning Objectives
Not applicable.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Not applicable.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.

There are illustrations of 4 name brand products but it does not appear that this encourages product promotion.
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.
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
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

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.

If the audience is the parents of children 6-12.
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 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:
Portion Size Wise for children ages 6-12 is an attractive, colorful, laminated poster highlighting concerns about portion sizes for children. It also provides the portion size guide that is often used in nutrition education.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
The two major recommendations are:
  1. to have the portion wise portion sizes consistent with MyPyramid equivalents of that food and
  2. to add how much food is needed daily by children in this age group.
C. General Comments
The information on the poster may be understood by an older school aged child; however, will not be understood by the younger group. If used for younger children, there should be instructor guidelines.
D. Overall Summary
This poster covers a very important topic of portion sizes.

Reviewer Rating
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Recommended with Reservations

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