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Title:Show Me Nutrition: First grade curriculum
Alt. Title:Fun with Food and Fitness
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 first 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: 6.0
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. The first grade curriculum features an array of games and activities designed to teach children about MyPlate and the five major food groups. The complete curriculum contains seven lessons; each designed to last about 30 to 45 minutes long. The first lesson is an overview and introduction to MyPlate and each of the following lesson focuses on a specific food group, with the final lesson included as a review for the children of all foods. The lessons also include family newsletters than can be copied and sent home to help families make healthy choices. Upon completion of all seven lessons of the curriculum, students should meet eight of the National Health Education Standards for grades K to 4.

Each lesson is complete with up to 10 core and additional activities, and teachers can choose which of the activities they feel are most appropriate. Activities include tasting activities (alternate activities to the tasting activities if tasting is not a valid activity for a student or school) and physical activities, as well as games, songs, and listening to stories. The curriculum also includes questions and answers that can be used for evaluation. Food Fit picture cards are also included, and can be used to teach the importance of physical activity and practice it in the classroom. They may be given to the students or made into overhead transparencies as additional activities in each lesson. Lessons each have a knowledge and behavioral objective and background information, references and advance preparation for teachers. Some activities, such as the MyPlate Poster Puzzle, may require some effort or assembly prior to teaching the lesson. Additional materials are suggested for purchasing, such as fruit and vegetable posters, teaching kits, and puppets; however, these are not necessary to teach the lessons.

This quality curriculum is well written for its audience, with activities and games young children are sure to enjoy. The topics covered are important for the students to learn, and are handled in ways they can understand. Basic food safety, such as washing hands, fruits and vegetables is made fun for the students. Children are taught to try new foods and how to ask for food. They learn to recognize the difference between television commercials and regular programming so they can begin to understand how advertising influences food choices. The skills gained will help introduce children to nutrition and provide a base for future nutrition classes.

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: 25.00 per curriculum book
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:call for bulk rate 800-292-0969

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