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Title:Show Me Nutrition: Third grade curriculum
Alt. Title:Building My Body
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 third 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: 6.7
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 review will discuss the third grade curriculum. The curriculum for this age group is designed to be used in group settings, such as a classroom, and includes a variety of fun, interactive activities. Students learn to recognize the importance of how to keep their bodies healthy and grow strong. Lessons include a list of learning objectives, supplies needed and core and additional activities to help enhance presentation. Each lesson includes a two page family newsletter for the students to take home. These newsletters are visually appealing with delightful pictures and articles to reinforce topics from the lesson. Lessons are cross referenced with eight National Health Education Standards for Grade 3.

The third grade curriculum is shorter than the other curricula, with only six lessons total. Although there are fewer lessons, each one is packed with heavy topics and a lot of information. They are designed to fill about 45 minutes to one hour each, but can be a lot longer depending on how in depth the topics are explored. Lessons include Getting to Know MyPlate, Cue in on Health, Messages from MyPlate, The Truth about Advertising, Food Safety and Steps to a Healthier You. While general nutrition is not the main theme of every lesson, nutrition topics and games are included in all of the lessons.

Students are taught to use MyPlate to plan meals and choose foods from all the food groups. They are encouraged to start the day with breakfast and learn to pay attention to body cues that help them know when they have eaten and exercised enough. They learn about how to incorporate variety, moderation and balance into their daily eating habits and how to be aware of tricky advertising and marketing techniques. Food safety topics of clean, separate, cook and chill are also gone over. The lessons also include optional tasting activities and physical activity, are sprinkled with teacher tips throughout. Some additional material from Fight BAC! is required as a part of one lesson, which can be ordered separately online or downloaded for free. A Spin Game, with many questions and answers related to the topic is also a part of the curriculum. With its many games and activities, teachers as well as children are sure to find this well crafted resource a delight.

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

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