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Title:Show Me Nutrition: Kindergarten curriculum
Alt. Title:Adventures in Nutrition with the Show Me Chef
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 align to reinforce communication 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 kindergarten curricula only.
Funding Source: University of Missouri funds and USDA's Food Stamp Program
Details
Developer: Candance Gabel
Organization: FNEP Coordinator, University of Missouri Extension
Mail: gabelc@missouri.edu
Readability: 4.2-5.9
Assessment Method: Flesch-Kincaid
Pilot Testing: Educators with the University of Missouri provided feedback.
Assessment instrument Used? yes, go here.
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 particular curriculum is designed for kindergarten children. There are nine lessons total, and each lesson is designed to be about 45 minutes to 1 hour (lesson time can be modified according to time available). Lessons all contain objectives, a supply list, teacher references, core and additional activities, and student handouts. There are also additional activities, handouts and visual aids for the classes. Many of the activities are games, songs and poems. Tasting activities are also included; however they can be substituted with other activities if they are inappropriate for the group. Multiple choice questions appropriate to kindergarten level are included, each with only two choices, for assessment purposes. The curriculum meets eight National Health Education Standards and includes performance indicators for each.

The lessons in this curriculum aim to teach students how to practice new skills, such as tasting healthy foods, washing hands, and having fun moving their bodies. They are designed to be taught by the “Show Me Chef” who can either be a hand puppet or the teacher, who dresses up as a chef. Most of the lessons feature the Show Me Chef taking the children to explore a new land i.e., The Land of Farmers (where children hear the importance of grains), The Land of Rabbits (were children hear the importance of vegetables), The Land of Rainbows (where children hear the importance of fruits), Outer Space (where children hear the importance of dairy) and The Land of Green Eggs and Ham (where children hear the importance of protein foods). In other lessons, children learn about germs and proper hand washing techniques, My Plate, and brushing and flossing their teeth. Throughout the curriculum, children learn additional skills, such as number and color recognition, which are incorporated into the activities. To assist teachers, there are guidelines as to “The Art of Puppetry”, including basic finger exercises, basic wrist exercises, basic arm exercises, and how to lip sync. There is also a book list included of children’s books that encourage healthy eating. Some lessons include core reading activities, and books for use in these lessons are included with the curriculum. Items not included with the curriculum include the Show Me Puppet or chef hat and apron, Fight BAC puppet, MyPlate for Kids poster and a few other small items that are not necessary to teach the curriculum. The ordering information for all of these items is included with the curriculum. Even if you are not planning on buying the additional items, this is an excellent resource for teaching nutrition to kindergarten students.

Availability
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
    Ordering: Web site: http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/order.htm
    Order URL:http://extension.missouri.edu/p/SMNK02
    Cost: 25.00 per curriculum book
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:call for bulk rate 800-292-0969

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