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Portion Size Wise (Ages 2-5)

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Learning ZoneXpress
Producer:Learning ZoneXpress
Date Produced:2007
  • Poster
  • Laminated
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Child Care Providers
  • General Nutrition
  • Meal Planning
  • Eating Patterns
  • 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 ages 2-5.
Ordering Info:Call 888-455-7003 or visit http://www.learningzonexpress.com/product.php?id=985.
Web Site:www.learningzonexpress.com


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material not based on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

At first glance it appeared similar to My Pyramid, however the portion sizes are not consistent.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Scope of information is only appropriate for literate English speaking parents. A lot of text with pictorial presentations.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.
E. Accuracy
Information contains major inaccuracies or recommendations are outdated.

Serving sizes are confusing- is the suggested amount for the entire day or just for one meal?
F. Learner Background
Material assumes that reader has some background information.

You would have to have some background information to realize that the portion sizes shown are not the recommended amounts.
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.

Juicy Juice and Teddy Grahams are clearly shown, as well as yogurt and cheddar cheese brand names.
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.

There were no credits or references at all.
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.
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.

I would have preferred to see some green vegetables on the dinner plate.
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.

The paper weight is heavy and would be sturdy enough for multiple uses.
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.

Audiovisual Materials

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

It is a very colorful and attractive poster. It shows food that most toddlers favor, and which also are not choking hazards.
B. Pace
Presentation progresses at a pace that permits comprehension. Pacing of dialogue is appropriate for absorbing concepts presented. Blank time is provided.
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
Continuity provides cohesiveness and smooth flow. Visuals in logical order. Auditory portion precisely matched with visual portion.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Portion Size Wise (Ages 2-5)is a high quality laminated poster that is very colorful and represents the foods that toddlers enjoy eating.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
It would be an improvement to include green vegetables to encourage parents to buy them.
C. General Comments
This is an excellent idea but it would be much better to use consistent information from My Pyramid.
D. Overall Summary
This is a much needed poster. Parents are very confused about how much to feed a whining toddler. The idea of a guideline is great, especially if it were more accurate.

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.

Recommended with Reservations