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Review of:

OrganWise-ology


Image courtesy of:
The OrganWise Guys Inc.
Producer:The OrganWise Guys Inc.
Date Produced:2007
Format(s):
  • CD-ROM
  • Game
Audience(s):
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • Child Care Providers
  • Low-Literacy
Topic(s):
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
Description:Students (PreK-3) can play OrganWise-ology and win a trip to Healthy World...a super-fun place where kids learn all about making life-enhancing healthy choices. There are eight distinctive games that can be played over and over again and a multitude of rewards can be enjoyed.
Language:N/A
Cost:$24.95
Free?
Ordering Info:sales@organwiseguys.com
Web Site:www.organwiseguys.com


Content

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.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Comments:
This resource is a CD which offers two different levels of play for the CD game portion: "Heart to Smart Mode" (preK-1st grade) and "Brainy Mode" (2nd-3rd grade).
C. Purpose
Purpose stated in title or introduction is vague.

Comments:
The title "OrganWise Guys"/OrganWise-ology does not really tell you exactly what the material contains. It does mention it is "the study of healthy choices". The booklet inside the CD case does tell you that the product is meant "to teach kids the value of eating right and exercising daily". However, you cannot see this information until after you open the CD case.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

Comments:
The OrganWise Guys include: Pepto the stomach, the Kidney Brothers, Madame muscle, Peri Stolic, Windy (the lungs), Sir Rebrum, Hardy the Heart, and Calci M Bone. The teacher's guide lesson plans are conveniently grouped for each OrganWise Guy, making it easy to find what you are looking for.
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.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.

Comments:
The learning objectives are listed on the lesson plan for each OrganWise guy. Teachers can teach their students about each OrganWise guy and then have the students play the CD game to test their knowledge to ensure that the learning objectives have been 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.

Comments:
Each OrganWise Guy offers a game to play. Two different levels of play are available depending on the age of the child. The teacher's guide contains several resources to go along with each lesson plan such as puzzles, coloring sheets, and physical activity tracking sheets. In addition, once a game has been successfully completed, the child is allowed to go to "Healthy World" where they can see movies, songs, or funny stories acted out by OrganWise Guys puppets.
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 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.

Comments:
Each lesson plan includes all of the information the instructor needs, including a question/answer script to engage the children in talking about nutrition and physical activity.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

Diversity
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
Not applicable.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Not applicable.

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
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

Comments:
The materials are meant for ages preK-1st grade and 2nd-3rd grade.


Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are mutually supportive to presentation of concepts.
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
Speaker, voice and music are clear; sound is audible and has good 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.


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:
The OrganWise Guys are game would be a great resource for teachers to use in their classrooms when teaching about healthy behaviors. It is engaging and interactive and would offer a good reinforcement of concepts such as healthy eating and the importance of physical activity.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
The "Brainy" mode of the CD game is said to be appropriate for 2nd-3rd graders. I had my son, who is a 3rd grader, try it out and he thought that it was a little too juvenile. He thought the puppets would be more appropriate for preschoolers. I am sure that the younger age groups would probably love the puppets and coloring sheets.
C. General Comments
D. Overall Summary
A good resource for reinforcing general MyPyramid concepts and other nutrition concepts (such as fiber and calcium). The games offer a fun way for kids to test their knowledge!


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.

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