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Title:Show Me Nutrition: Seventh and eighth grade curriculum
Alt. Title:Choices and Challenges
Pub. date: January 2006, updated 2012
Includes: complete curriculum
Audience: Children
Language: English
Description:The Show-Me-Nutrition curriculum reinforces behaviors that support a healthy weight for kids such as being more physically active, spending less time watching television and playing computer and video games, eating a healthy breakfast eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking less soda and sweetened fruit drinks. The curriculum is a sequential nutrition education curriculum intended for pre-K through grade 8. This curriculum supports Missouri’s School Wellness Policy and meets the State of Missouri’s Show Me educational standards for health and physical education. Activities reinforce communications arts and math GLE’s. Curriculum materials are available as printed copies for each of the grade levels. While a binder is not included, the print materials come hole punched with accompanying dividers, cover and spine labels. This review will cover the seventh and eighth grade curricula only.
Funding Source: University of Missouri funds and USDA's Food Stamp Program
Developer: Candance Gabel
Organization: FNEP Coordinator, University of Missouri Extension
Readability: 6.7
Assessment Method: Flesch-Kincaid
Pilot Testing: Educators with the University of Missouri provided feedback. For evaluation tools used with this curriculum, go here. Under "Evaluation Tools" click on "Teacher Feedback Tool" and "Taste Testing Tool".
Assessment instrument Used? yes
Reviewers Comments: Show Me Nutrition is a comprehensive nutrition curriculum that teaches youths from preschool through junior high how to have a healthy lifestyle. This set is for seventh and/or eight grade children. The curriculum contains three levels, one for seventh grade, one for eight grade, and one for a mixed class of seventh and eighth graders. Each grade level has seven lesson plan, and while the activities in each differ slightly, the basic content of the lesson is the same, so it is important to note when using the mixed curriculum that seventh graders may get the same material the following year. Lessons comprise more challenging content, and well as more in depth material. The issues covered are ones pertinent to the age group. Teens learn to weigh their options and make healthy lifestyle choices. Hands –on activities help teens learn to deal with issues like body image, what to eat in fast food restaurants, and planning vegetarian diets consistent with MyPlate.

Lesson plans are also more in depth than those for younger ages. While they still contain knowledge and behavioral objectives, core and additional activities, advanced preparation advice and teacher tips, the teacher references are at times a full page or more of background information. The lessons may require a teacher who has some background experience in nutrition. Some supplies from outside sources are used during the lessons, but not required. Student handouts are also included, with different handouts for the seventh graders than for the eighth graders. In addition to handouts, there are recipes for the children to try at home. Lessons are designed to fill about 45 minutes but may require more or less time depending on the activities used. The lessons also include an optional tasting activity and built in time for a “Fit in Fitness” break for physical activity. All of the lessons are based off of material from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, MyPlate and FightBAC. They meet eight of the National Health Education Standards for grades 5-8 and include performance indicators for each standard met. Questions which could be used to evaluate children’s progress in the form of an exam or other evaluative activity are included.

This is a very important age for children to be learning about nutrition and health. They are growing up and beginning to care about their bodies and make their own decisions. The issues covered in these lessons are perfectly tailored for them (especially subjects like body image, risks of eating disorders, unit pricing, food preparation skills, modifying recipes, and current health issues) and are explained in a way they can understand and respect. In addition, they will enjoy having a creative outlet to voice their opinion in activities such as “Celebrity Issues” and “Creating PSAs”. This valuable and fun curriculum is sure to be a hit in any classroom!

Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: University of Missouri Cooperative Extension
    Mail: Extension Publications, University of Missouri,

2800 Maguire Blvd.
Columbia, MO 65211

    Phone: (800) 292-0969
    Order URL:
    Cost: 35.00 per curriculum book
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:call for bulk rate 800-292-0969

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