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The Farmer Grows a Rainbow

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North Carolina Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom and USDA
Producer:North Carolina Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom and USDA
Date Produced:Updated 2010, original 2008
  • DVD
  • Web Site
  • Trainer's kit
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • General Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Calories
  • Vitamins and Minerals
Cost:Lesson plans are free online; trainer's kit $103 plus shipping
Ordering Info:Contact Louise Lamm, Project Director 919-783-4319; louise.lamm@ncfb.org
Web Site:www.agclassroom.org/rainbow


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based substantially on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

This set of lesson activities for teachers is based on MyPyramid and encourages teachers to use MyPyramid lesson plans along with the support material provided The Farmer Grows a Rainbow.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

The set of lesson activities is appropriate for the target audience of teachers and in turn children in pre-k through grade 5.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

The overall set of lesson activities and the individual grade-level lessons are presented in a well organized format. Teachers can use the training videos and/or the PDF with the detailed lesson to present the lesson.
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.

Background material is provided for individuals who would like or need more information on the topics in each lesson.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.

The purpose and desired outcomes are clearly stated for each grade-level lesson.
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.

Each grade-level lesson includes material for that lesson. In addition to a nutrition lesson, each lesson includes a physical activity lesson. There are suggestions for projects and suggestions for further action.
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.

Learning objectives are clearly stated in each lesson. However, an evaluation component is not clearly defined in each of the grade-level lessons.
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.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Credits, references, and resources current but incomplete.

It is difficult to find credits and references for this online material. The producers of the material are not listed on the home page but are on the first slide of the videos available. Links to resources are provided.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

A. Role Models
Not applicable.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Not applicable.
C. Different lifestyles and food patterns
Material emphasizes a variety of values, practices, and/or food patterns representative of different lifestyles, cultures, and socioeconomic levels.

One of the grade-level lessons is on cultural food patterns.

Audiovisual Materials

A. Concept Presentation
Audio and/or visuals are mutually supportive to presentation of concepts.

Demonstration videos are available for each grade-level lesson.
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; may be a few distracting audio effects or inconsistent quality.
D. Visual Quality
Visuals are clear and properly framed; graphics and titles are clearly visible; color, lighting, and editing do not detract from the presentation of content.
E. Continuity
Continuity sufficient to provide some cohesiveness and smooth flow. Visuals somewhat logically sequenced. Auditory portion well matched with visual portion.

Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; there are no broken hyperlinks.

Although the material seems to be current, production dates or updates are not provided.
B. Readability
Text size is adequate for viewing. Good contrast between text and background.
C. Navigation
Information is somewhat difficult to find due to limited navigation tools.

It takes a little time to figure out the navigation of the lessons.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Good support material for teachers to easily present lessons in pre-K through grade 5. The teachers can view the demonstration videos and use the PDF lesson plans without relying on additional research.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
More information should be available on the home page so the reader can determine the date of the materials and a link to contact developers with questions. More information should be provided on how to evaluate the outcome of each lesson.
C. General Comments
This would be a good series for an elementary school to adopt for nutrition lessons since there is consistency in each lesson at each grade-level.
D. Overall Summary
This set of lesson activities supports the messages of MyPyramid and utilizes the MyPyramid Lessons for kids. Additional activities support the topics presented in a fun, grade-appropriate manner. Physical activity is incorporated in each lesson.

Reviewer Rating
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