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Handwashing Germs are Everywhere Teaching Kit

Producer:Nutrition in Action
Date Produced:July 2010
  • CD-ROM
  • Booklet
  • Game
  • Curriculum
  • Newsletter
  • Early Childhood (2-5 yrs)
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • Child Care Providers
  • General Nutrition
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Food Safety
Description:The Handwashing Germs are Everywhere teaching kit, teaches students the importance of proper handwashing, how to wash their hands, and important times to wash their hands. This teaching kit is designed to be a reinforcement of proper handwashing to reduce the spread of infection and disease. The teaching kit includes the Handwashing Germs are Everywhere Lesson Plan, Germs Are Not for Sharing Storybook By Elizabeth Verdick, a Reproducible Master CD with printable handouts, activity sheets, stickers, newsletter, and bulletin board, and a set of Simon Says Wash Your Hands Game Cards.
Cost:See website for current pricing information.
Ordering Info:www.nutritioninaction.org or 206-888-5895
Web Site:http://www.nutritioninaction.org
Comments:The Handwashing Germs are Everywhere teaching kit includes the Handwashing Germs are Everywhere Lesson Plan, Germs Are Not for Sharing Storybook By Elizabeth Verdick, a Reproducible Master CD with printable handouts, activity sheets, stickers, newsletter, and bulletin board, and a set of Simon Says Wash Your Hands Game Cards.


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Although there is no reference to MyPlate or Dietary Guidelines, I am not sure there should be a reference. The material is about handwashing and may not be appropriate for MyPlate.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Material is appropriate for children ages 4-10.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.

The overview/background clearly states intentions and purpose of the materials.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.
E. Accuracy

Material is accurate according to CDC handwashing guidelines.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.

There is no assumption the learner has background information.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.

Learning objectives are clearly stated and measurable.
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.

Activities are suggested in addition to physical activities, recipes and a book. NOTE- One CD was included, however it did not operate properly in my computer.
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.

The website offered materials for purchase, I did not see learner content on the site.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Two recipes were included in the packet. There may be additional recipes on the CD, however I could not get the CD to operate properly.
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.
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.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.

Reference to CDC recommendations.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

Great summary in the book.

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

The need for addressing various lifestyle and food patterns may not be appropriate for this educational material. The material is excellent without a need to address this issue.

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.

Positive and appropriate approach in all materials.
C. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used is appropriate for intended audience. Minimizes use of technical terms and if used, are defined.

Vocabulary is appropriate.
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.

Very colorful and interesting layout of the book.
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.

Very clear headings are used throughout.
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:
Clearly organized, colorful and interesting materials. Appropriate for the age group identified.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Unsure of the CD being inoperable was and issued for my computer only.
C. General Comments
Well presented materials. I would be very comfortable using these resources when teaching handwashing strategies with children.
D. Overall Summary
This packet of materials would be an excellent addition to handwashing resources.

Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended

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