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Go With the Whole Grain for Kids

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General Mills' Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition
Producer:General Mills' Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition
Date Produced:Spring 2007
  • Curriculum
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Classroom and Fitness Activities
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Grains/Whole Grains
Description:The Go with the Whole Grain for Kids program uses the help of two Whole Grain Heroes to engage students and make learning about whole grains fun. There are two versions of the program-- one for students in grades K-2 and one for students in grades 3-5. Components include a Leader Guide, Slide Program, and Classroom and Physical Activities.
Ordering Info:Download
Web Site:www.bellinstitute.com/wholegrainkids


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.

Material incorporates concepts concerning whole grains only.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.
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.

Material contains some information to guide leader, and readers are encouraged to go to www.MyPyramid.gov for more information.
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.

Materials include approximately five nutrition lessons and five fitness lessons for each age group (grades K-2 and 3-5). This is a realistic number of lessons to provide in a typical classroom, and the lessons provide a good overview of grains using different activities.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. Company name may be mentioned but product name is not contained in text or illustrations.
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)
No recipes are included.
L. Recipes (if included)
No recipes are included.
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.

References were the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 and MyPyramid.
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.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Material does not include any outright negative stereotypes concerning racial, religious, or ethnic groups.
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
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
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

N/A. Reviewed materials were provided in PDF format.
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.

Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are mutually supportive to presentation of concepts.

Audiovisual materials include a PowerPoint presentation.
B. Pace
C. Auditory Quality
D. Visual Quality
Visuals are clear and properly framed; graphics and titles are clearly visible; color, lighting, and editing enhance presentation of content.
E. Continuity

Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; there are no broken hyperlinks.
B. Readability
Text size is adequate for viewing. Good contrast between text and background.
C. Navigation
Navigation through the web site is logical and aided by navigation buttons and a site map or search tool.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Materials provide clear and easily understood information about grains and whole grains. Materials include an appropriate amount of information for incorporation into a typical classroom setting.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Although some parent involvement is included (collage lesson), additional handouts for parents might be useful.
C. General Comments
The lesson plans are easy to follow, well-organized, and designed effectively.
D. Overall Summary
This learning tool provides basic information about grains, whole grains, and refined grains using a play, collage, and other lessons. In addition fitness lessons that incorporate grain messages are provided. The information is grouped into two sections: grades K-2 and 3-5. The lessons are appropriate for the age group. The information could be taught by teachers with little background in nutrition.

Reviewer Rating
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