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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.

Refers to the Food Pyramid in many activities. Includes a Student activity worksheet on the Food Pyramid
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Includes education and activities on food products that appeal to children.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

Guidebook contains summaries and activities for each segment of the video.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
F. Learner Background
Material assumes that reader has some background information.

Some concepts such as trans fats, are a bit complicated. The instructor would need some background information to instruct these areas.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and 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.

Each segment has a variety of activities that could be used as instructional tools to reinforce concepts.
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.

Additional activities/suggestions are also included at the end section of each segment. Answer keys are also included.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

General food preparation ideas are included-such as making a fruit salad using a variety of fruits
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes include a nutrient analysis per serving for the following nutrients listed on the nutrition label: kcal, macronutrients, trans fats, cholesterol, dietary fiber and sodium. If for a low-income audience, a cost analysis is included.

None are included.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources included with suggestions for enhancing the teaching process. Suggestions for follow-up learning activities/discussion questions included.

Instructors may need to supplement lesson activities with actual food labels, segments of TV advertising.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.

Written materials have been updated 2006.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries 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 approach to learning and improving nutritional habits.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Racial, ethnic, and religious groups are represented in a factual manner showing a variety of roles, occupations, and values.
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.

Activity Guidebook is clearly labeled and written. Sections are easily identified. Answer keys are also included.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.
C. Vocabulary
Most words used are appropriate for intended audience. Some unidentified technical terms are used.

Instructor may need some background information in order to lead students in some of the activities.
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.

Worksheets may be copied for classroom use. Worksheets are identified in bold type in teacher direction sheets.
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.

Except for the cover, the teacher activity workbook is done in black.
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.

Sections are clearly identified.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at 6th, 7th or 8th grade level.

Materials are intended for use with elementary age students.

Audiovisual Materials

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

Positive, music is used, colorful.
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 do not detract from the presentation of content.

The clothing and music are reflective of the 1990's. The out of date items may be distracting for older children.
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.

Web activities are included.
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:
Good classroom activities
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Dated look of the clothing/music in the video. Even though the clothing was colorful, students that watched the video commented about the old style of clothing and music.
C. General Comments
The Activity Guidebook includes a variety of classroom activities. Many new ideas for educating students about nutrition and food choices.
D. Overall Summary
The activity book is up to date. Can be easily incorporated into classroom activities. The activities can be used with a wide range of ages. The video would be best used with younger children.

Reviewer Rating
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Recommended with Reservations

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