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Power Up Parent-Child Learning Activities Books Combo Pack

Producer:Positive Promotions
Date Produced:2012
  • Booklet
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
Description:Set of 5 activity books, each focusing on a specific food group in the MyPlate meal concept. Interactive activities in each make learning fun for youngsters. Each booklet includes 4 pages for parents and guardians to help them improve every meal and teach children about healthy food choices.
Ordering Info:Order online at the website provided, or by calling 1-800-635-2666.
Web Site:http://www.positivepromotions.com


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material incorporates and uses some of concepts in MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

I like it because it takes the MyPlate information and uses it in a child friendly fashion.
B. Scope
Scope of information appropriate for target audience and essential topics discussed in appropriate detail.

Colorful and presents information in a fun fashion.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.

Purpose clear; they are tied together by major heading and sub units are targeted to individual topic.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.

Like the organization and think it would be useful in elementary school as a nutrition teaching unit; early grades.
E. Accuracy

On target with science of nutrition.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.

This material assumes no knowledge and is a teaching platform for nutrition.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.

I think the learning objectives are met by the cover of each book stating what the learning is all about and the activities enabling that learning to occur.
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.

This is the focus of the material that was developed; very interactive.
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.

I did not see any brands; only data base used was federal govenment sources.
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 three or four of the above.

If you turn to the back cover you can see the goals but this may be hidden too much; consider putting it inside booklet with colorful back cover.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Accurate and user friendly; recipes easy to carry out; good parent-child activities/
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes include a nutrient analysis per serving for some of the nutrients listed on the nutrition label. If for a low-income audience, some cost information is included.

Do not see cost analysis but do see nutrient analysis, however the recipes are based on low cost ingredients.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.

Just a series of five self-directed learning booklets that have answer keys at end.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.

Not extensive sourcing but basic information referenced.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

Clear, concise and looks like fun; add colorful crayons.

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

Looks almost too perfect; don't think many parents are able to spend this much time with children.
B. Multi-cultural Representation
Material does not include any outright negative stereotypes concerning racial, religious, or ethnic groups.

The blank coloring sheets allow diversity.
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.

Once again, I think this is open to user interpretation based on how they fill in and color.

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

Clear because each booklet focuses on a single concept.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.

Has to personally involve the reader as it is designed.
C. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used is appropriate for intended audience. Minimizes use of technical terms and if used, are defined.

Easy to read; user friendly.
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.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are adequate but do not stimulate interest.

I think the coloring will stimulate interest; the pages themselves do not but they do invite interaction.
F. Visual Quality
Paper weight is heavy enough, print is mostly easy to read without much of body text in capital letters.

Seems a little cheap on paper quality.
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.

Defined by cover of booklet; must understand these booklets are a unit and each unit is dependent on the other to understand good nutrition.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at or below 5th grade level for low-literacy materials. Assessment method provided.

Well below 5th grade; think 2nd and 3rd grade is most appropriate.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Looks happy on cover; like involving parents with child's education; makes parent feel an integral part of education.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Put instructions to parent on inside; use back cover for a colorful picture of MyPlate. The word "parent" in the title may be too narrow; consider something like, "A Learning Book for You and Your Special Children"
C. General Comments
Good overall; like the teaching and think it is very applicable; hope to see it in health departments.
D. Overall Summary
I like this series and would recommend it.

Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended