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Title:Show Me Nutrition: Second grade curriculum
Alt. Title:Building My Pyramid
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 the core areas of; communication arts, math, science and social studies. 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 second grade curricula only.
Funding Source: University of Missouri Extension and USDA's Food Stamp Program
Developer: Candance Gabel
Organization: FNEP Coordinator, University of Missouri Extension
Readability: 4.9
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. In the second grade curricula, students learn to eat a variety of healthy foods from MyPyramid for good health. They are taught that healthy bodies come in all sizes and shapes, to dispel any body image myths, and learn food safety, physical activity and some media literacy skills. Lessons also include a family newsletter that can be copied and sent home to help families make healthy choices. Students who complete all lessons will meet eight National Health Education Standards for Grades K-4.

There are seven total lessons in this curriculum. The first lesson is an overview of Food Groups, and each of the subsequent lessons are based around a specific food group. The final lesson is a review of all food groups and a reflection of the benefits of physical activity. Each lesson includes knowledge and behavioral objectives, core and additional activities, handouts teacher references and advance preparation directions, a supply list, and a review of the previous lesson. Lessons are designed to be 30 minutes to 1 hour long to prepare and teach, but can be made to be shorter or longer. The actual time varies based on how many of the core and additional activities are used. Handouts from Fight BAC! are included. Children can also be taught proper hand washing procedures during tasting activities. Students completing this second grade curriculum will gain a solid background of food and nutrition knowledge, and prepare them for a future of healthy eating.

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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