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Title:Show Me Nutrition: Fifth grade curriculum
Alt. Title:Exploring the Food Groups
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. The curriculum is a sequential nutrition education curriculum intended for pre-K through grade 8. It supports Missouri's School Wellness Policy and meets the State of Missouri's Show Me educational standards for health and physical education. Activities align with Communication Arts GLEs and reinforce math skills.
Funding Source: University of Missouri Extension 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.
Reviewers Comments: This curriculum set has been specifically designed for fifth graders. It incorporates skill building activities that teach children how to purchase, store and prepare foods safely. They recognize how to use food labels and are encouraged to eat a variety of foods from each group. The importance of physical activity, body acceptance, and understanding media influence on food choice are also addressed. Basic lessons about food safety help children understand how to practice good personal hygiene, sanitation and safe food handling.

There are 11 lessons total and each lesson is complete with objectives, a supply list, and advance preparations required. Also included are core activities, handouts, and games and additional activities that complement each of the lessons. Activities also incorporate other core areas, including social studies (grains around the world), language arts (writing haikus), and math (counting calorie and fat activities). There is also a teacher reference section for each lesson, which contains information such as a Food Label Glossary, Fascinating Facts about Veggies, and Why We Eat: Internal and External Influences. Questions and answers for the assessment are also included. In addition, lessons include family newsletters that can be copied and sent home.

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

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