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Title:Show Me Nutrition: Fourth grade curriculum
Alt. Title:Choosing Foods For Me
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 several communication arts and math GLEs. 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 fourth 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: 6.6
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 fourth grade curriculum gives students an introduction to various areas of nutrition. The lessons are based on the Current USDA food graphic, and students learn to recognize the recommended daily amounts of food. They analyze how social influences like family, media, peers and coaches affect body images and about the importance of physical activity. The lessons meet eight National Health Education Standards for grades K - 4 and include performance indicators.

There are eleven lessons total, and each covers a separate topic. Topics covered included the food groups, digestion, label reading, breakfast, eating out, food safety, body image, media literacy, and world hunger. The lessons are designed to be about 30 to 45 minutes long, but may be altered in accordance with the time available. They are designed to be taught in a classroom setting but can be altered for different situations. Each lesson includes knowledge and behavioral objectives, and a built in review of the previous lesson. Each lesson comes with about 3-4 handouts, 3-4 core activities and 2-4 additional activities. The teacher has the freedom to choose which of the activities to use and the order to use them. The activities range in length from a few minutes to much longer (depending on how long students take to complete can be up to a half an hour). Many activities can be used with students of all ages. There are teacher references included for teachers to read background information on each of the topics. Each of the lessons contains directions for advanced preparation activities for the teachers. Some of the advanced preparation activities, such as constructing a digestive system, may be time and labor intensive, and require outside supplies, however these are not crucial to the curriculum and may be omitted. There is also a newsletter designed for each section that students can take home and share with their families to help them make healthy choices at home. With the variety of topics, materials and activities available, this curriculum is guaranteed to be a stimulating introduction to nutrition for students.

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

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