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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.

'5 a Day" is listed as the recommendation for consumption of fruits and vegetables. This is not the current guideline 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.

Colorful pictures of real children stress the guidelines for this age group.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

Includes recipes, some self evaluation activities, and some ways for children to make improvements. A final self evaluation is included at the end of the booklet.
E. Accuracy
Information contains minor inaccuracies.

5 a day guideline for consumption of fruits and vegetables needs to be updated. Evaluation activity for daily food consumption should include snacks and beverages choices too.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.

The material is divided into small sections. Concepts are explained, and a student activity is included.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.

Includes activity as well as a variety of food ideas. Does include a small range of food choices appropriate to a variety of cultures.
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.

Humor is used at the top of each page. A small joke or riddle about a food related topic is at the top of each page. Clever pictures of food are also used.
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.

No web activities are used.
Does include some simple recipes that can easily be prepared in a classroom.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Recipes are typical, not particularly unique.
Recipes would appeal to children.
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.

Web site and an 800 number for vendor are included on the back. No food pyramid information is included.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

A self evaluation tool is included at the end of the booklet.

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

Typical children are pictured. Clothing and hair styles are current.
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.

Contains references to typical foods. Some variety is included in the choices, such as tofu, Kale and Bok Choy.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.

The pages are divided into small learning sections on a health topic. Colorful pictures reinforce the topic that is presented.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.

Vocabulary is appropriate.
C. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used is appropriate for intended audience. Minimizes use of technical terms and if used, are defined.
D. Supportive Illustrations
Illustrations are related to the material in some way. Most tables and graphs are as simple and easy to read as possible. In most tables and graphs, information is provided in a form requiring no further explanation.

Clever use of pictures
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.

Colorful. Not too busy with a small amount of white space included.
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 6th, 7th or 8th grade level.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
A variety of student activities are included.
A few recipes are included.
Suggestions for physical activities are included.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Meal plan evaluation should include a prompt for beverages and snacks that are eaten each day. Assumes each child eats three meals a day.
C. General Comments
Coloring and drawing activities are included as well as writing activities.
D. Overall Summary
Materials are be completed in a variety of ways- such as one page per day or one section each day.

Reviewer Rating
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