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ACT Fit Mania Journal Week 1 (Ages 7-12)

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Learning ZoneXpress
Producer:Learning ZoneXpress
Date Produced:2008
  • Booklet
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
Description:The ACT Fit Mania Journal helps youth set nutrition and activity goals, track progress, and practice planning skills. The journal outlines healthy behavior with the ACT acronym: A - Aim for activity C - Choose foods wisely T - Tips to help It emphasizes fitness (30 minutes of activity daily) and healthy food (5 servings of fruits and veggies daily). Includes engaging messages and great morphed graphics of foods and common objects.
Cost:Set of 20 Journals for $34.95
Ordering Info:Please call toll-free 888-455-7003 or visit www.learningzonexpress.com. Reference item # 6280B. Also available in quantities of 10 or 50.
Web Site:www.learningzonexpress.com
Comments:8-1/2" x 11" 8 pages


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 fruit and vegetable recommendation of "5 servings a day" is not in line with the current MyPyramid recommendation for this age group.
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.

Introduction is very motivational and positive.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

"Day" and "Date" spaces on top of each page keep the journal organized.
E. Accuracy
Information contains minor inaccuracies.

One inaccuracy is "5 serving a day" recommendation for fruits and vegetables. An additional minor inaccuracy is the statement on page 2 that describes whole grains as "bread and crackers".
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background 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.

Wide variety of learning tools and fun activities.
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.
Material includes fewer than three of the above.

Learner objectives and activities included.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Recipes are kid-friendly
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Credits, references, and resources current but incomplete.

Date, publisher and company website available. No reference to MyPyramid or other references.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

The summary is a final activity for kids to summarize their own experience.

A. Role Models
Positive role models are provided in text and illustrations. Role models presented as having many roles, traits, and emotions.

Male and female kids of difference races included.
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 does not address a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

Most activities and foods in activities represent typical American values and norms.

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.

Great graphics and illustrations.
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.

Material written in a manner that you would talk to children. Very easy to understand.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Very fun and appropriate material for children. Kid friendly recipes, riddles and activities make it appropriate for 7-12 year olds. Physical activity sections are well-written and age appropriate.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
A section about whole grains would add value. The "5 servings a day" of fruits and vegetables should be updated.
C. General Comments
This resource would work great in a school setting.
D. Overall Summary
Great resource.

Reviewer Rating
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