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Janey Junkfood's Fresh Adventure! Video Kit (VHS/DVD) with Activity Guidebook

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FoodPlay Productions
Producer:FoodPlay Productions
Date Produced:2006
  • DVD
  • Video
  • Booklet
  • Video (DVD or VHS) and spiral-bound Activity Guidebook
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • Middle School (9-12 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Child Care Providers
  • Low-Literacy
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Health at Every Size
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • Eating Patterns
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
Description:This Emmy Award-winning, live-action video (VHS or DVD) kit teaches kids how to be nutrition-smart and consumer-wise in today’s fast-paced world. Featuring rockin’ music, awesome juggling, splashy graphics and dynamic performers, Janey Junkfood's Fresh Adventure! Video Kit addresses the major nutrition issues facing today's children and motivates them to take charge of growing up HEALTHY and FIT! Kit Includes: * One Janey Junkfood's Fresh Adventure! Video (VHS or DVD), Six Segments, 30 Min. * One Janey Junkfood's Fresh Adventure! Activity Guidebook, 80 Pages - Newly Updated! Activity Guidebook Includes: * Fun-filled, reproducible student activity sheet masters * Step-by-step lesson plans, keyed to core curriculum areas * Learning objectives for a complete nutrition unit * Nutrition background information * Writing prompts and discussion questions * Recommended resources
Ordering Info:Please visit www.foodplay.com to order
Web Site:www.foodplay.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 is a mix of appropriate and less than appropriate concepts.

The scope of information ranges from basic food groups (basic) to planning an entire day of meals and snacks that meet MyPyramid recommendations (advanced). The target audience for this materials is elementary school-age children, grades 2 to 6. The basic information seems appropriate for most elementary school age children, but some information seems too advanced.
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 minor inaccuracies.

Minor inaccuracies are including all fats, not just oils, in the yellow band on MyPyramid and stating that MyPyramid recommends numbers of daily servings rather than total daily amounts. The activity guide states that the physical activity recommendation for all adults is 60 minutes daily, which is inconsistent with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines where the recommendation ranges from 30 to 90 minutes a day.
F. Learner Background
Material assumes that reader has some background information.

The Activity Guidebook includes background information for instructors. The material assumes that the reader knows some basic information such as what a whole grain is.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met somewhat.

There are objectives for each lesson and discussion on the topics within the lessons. Some of the activities would help determine whether the objectives were met with the learners.
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.

The activity guide includes some clever learning activities such as the Can the Tube activity and Snack Attach Scavenger Hunt.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. Company name may be mentioned but product name is not contained in text or illustrations.

Although brand names are mentioned and included in graphics, no obvious sponsor or product bias is included.
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.

All of the above are included except evaluation.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The activity guide contains two recipes.
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with suggestions for enhancing the teaching process. Suggestions for follow-up learning activities/discussion questions included.

Activity sheets are included but additional instructor resources may be needed such as a MyPyramid poster and food labels.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
Some major ideas summarized or reviewed; summaries not easily identified.

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

Positive role models are included in video.
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.

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.

Some vocabulary such as types of fat or label ingredients is too advanced for early elementary school-age learners.
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.

There are few illustrations and some tables and graphs.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are adequate but do not stimulate interest.

Activity guide is primarily text with limited graphics. Text is black with some 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
Topic headings are not clear and/or are provided for most but not all topic areas. Limited or no cueing devices included.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at 6th, 7th or 8th grade level.

Reading level in activity sheets appears to be at or below 6th grade level but assessment of reading level not provided.

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.

The pace seems appropriate to keep young learners interested.
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
C. Navigation

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
The video seems well-paced, interesting and fun for youth learners. The topics covered flow well if the entire video is used. The DVD also includes the option to use segments with smaller chunks of content per segment. The activities in the guide seem engaging for young learners.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Educators might find it helpful to have more guidance on which activities are more appropriate for early elementary school learners and which activities are more appropriate for older elementary school learners.
C. General Comments
The video and activity guide include a nice combination of visuals, music, movement and hands-on activities to engage young learners with a variety of learning styles.
D. Overall Summary
The video and activity guide cover many concepts in MyPyramid plus a few additional topics such as media literacy. Some of the concepts covered might be too advanced for early elementary school learners.

Reviewer Rating
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