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Review of:

MyPlate Educational Activities Book


Image courtesy of:
Positive Promotions
Producer:Positive Promotions
Date Produced:2012
Format(s):
  • Booklet
  • Game
  • Activity book
Audience(s):
  • Elementary School (6-8 yrs)
  • General Consumer
Topic(s):
  • Physical Activity
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
Description:Help youngsters in grades K-3 understand the basics of healthy eating. The book's fun activities make it easy to learn:
  • How the new MyPlate icon can help them eat healthy at every meal
  • What the food groups are and which foods are their best choice in each
  • How to snack for good health
  • Why choose water over sweetened drinks
  • How to enjoy fruits and veggies more
  • What to eat at fast food restaurants
  • And much more.
Language:Also available in Spanish.
Cost:$0.79 or less- bulk discounts available (see website for full pricing details)
Free?No
Ordering Info:Order online at the website provided, or by calling 1-800-635-2666. English: Item # KCB-614. Spanish: Item # KCB615W.
Web Site:http://www.positivepromotions.com


Content

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.

Comments:
It is obvious that this resource is for children, but the specific target audience (age range) is not specified; if I assume itís 7-9 year olds then some information/concepts seem too advanced for the younger side of this range, e.g., reading food labels to identify whole-grain products.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.
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.

Comments:
Would need to know terms such as refined grains, calcium.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives not identifiable and/or not 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.

Comments:
Material includes a lot of activities. Some appear stimulating and reinforce educational messages (e.g., veggie tracker) but others seem like busy work (e.g., fruit word search).
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.
Not applicable.
K. Recipes (if included)
L. Recipes (if included)
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
No summary or review is included.

Diversity
A. Role Models
Not applicable.
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 does not address 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
Most words used are appropriate for intended audience. Some unidentified technical terms are used.

Comments:
However, specific target/intended audience is not mentioned.
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.
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.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at or below 5th grade level for low-literacy materials. Assessment method provided.

Comments:
No assessment method provided but seem to be below 5th grade level.


Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Some activities would reinforce educational messages and seem fun.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
Some activities have limited educational value.
C. General Comments
Title clearly describes resource, ďan educational activities book."
D. Overall Summary
This activity workbook reinforces messages in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.


Reviewer Rating
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