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Snack Bites Tablet

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Learning ZoneXpress
Producer:Learning ZoneXpress
Date Produced:2006
  • Flyer
  • Handout; Tablet
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • Child Care Providers
  • General Nutrition
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
Description:Delicious healthy snack options for each section of MyPyramid are featured on this brilliantly colored tablet. Help your students choose quick snacks that are tasty and good for them! Black & white worksheet on back for students to track their own snack options. 8 1/2" x 11" 50 Sheets per Tablet
Ordering Info:Please call toll-free 888-455-7003 or visit www.learningzonexpress.com. Reference item #4202T.
Web Site:www.learningzonexpress.com


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based substantially on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

The scope is appropriate but topics are not discussed in 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.
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.
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.

The MyPyramid.gov website is mentioned on both sides of the material.
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Credits, references, and resources outdated, inaccurate, and unusable, or no references/resources/credits provided.

The only credit, reference, or resource mentioned is the MyPyramid.gov website.
O. Summary
No summary or review is included.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.
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.

The foods pictured on the front of the resource and the foods mentioned on the back are standard items commonly available in America and do not reflect any ethnic food choices.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.
B. Writing Approach
Material is easy to read but does not personally involve the reader. Limited use of negative wording (e.g., “Don't eat”). 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.

The front of the "Snack Bites" resource shows a good use of color and layout. However, the back of the resource just contains a black and white table with no color or photos.
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.

Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are mutually supportive to presentation of concepts.
B. Pace
C. Auditory Quality
D. Visual Quality
E. Continuity

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Snacks from all five food groups are shown on the front of the resource with examples from each group. The photographs make this resource easy to understand, and it could be used with people at low literacy levels.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
For the grain group, one example given is a bagel. Although a bagel is in the grain group, most bagels have as many calories as four pieces of bread. A picture of four crackers or half an English muffin would convey a more positive message. A milkshake is shown under the milk group; milkshakes are quite high in calories. No portion sizes are mentioned on either side of the resource. Although whole tomatoes are used as a vegetable, people generally don't snack on them. A tomato product such as salsa would be a better example of a tomato-based snack food.
C. General Comments
This resource could be used when counseling children or low-literacy adults since there are pictures to illustrate each food group. However, with the high calorie items depicted (bagel, milkshake), this resource should not be used for those clients who need to lose weight or who are at increased risk for obesity. The snack ideas listed on the back add a nice touch since they are divided into food groups as well as different categories: juicy, crunchy, thirsty, chewy, peel, slice, mix, spread, dip, and squeeze.
D. Overall Summary
Overall, this resource could be used with children and low-literacy adults. It allows you to discuss a variety of snacks from the different food groups with your clients.

Reviewer Rating
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Recommended with Reservations

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