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Title:Show Me Nutrition: Sixth grade curriculum
Alt. Title:Digging Deeper
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 sixth 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. In this sixth grade curriculum, students participate in hands on activities that relate to their interests, such as appearances and fitting in with their peers. Other nutrition-related issues for preteens are covered, for example, eating enough calcium and making healthy fast food choices. Students are given an opportunity to practice the skills needed for food shopping and cooking for themselves and their families. In addition, the curriculum reviews important food safety, physical activity and meal planning topics. The curriculum meets eight National Health Education Standards for grades 5 to 8.

The curriculum contains seven lessons total, and each is deigned to last about 45 minutes. The lessons include knowledge and behavioral objectives, core and additional activities, advance preparation advice for teachers, a built-in review of the previous lesson, and handouts for the students. Generally, the lessons are lengthier and contain more information than others in the Show Me series. Many include a tasting activity. The curriculum refers and suggests purchasing to an additional activity guidebook; however, this is not necessary to complete the lessons. In addition to the lessons, the curriculum includes Take 5 for Fitness , a teacher reference that contains a description of physical activities that can be done in the classroom. It is suggested that the teacher lead the class in 2-3 different activities during the lesson. There are seven chair activities, 2 desk activities, 2 wall activities, and 1 standing activity. The handouts provided relate to the lesson and include activities and simple recipes the students can prepare on their own at home. The creative activities, including role playing, and pertinent issues, are likely appeal to most sixth grade 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: 25.00 per curriculum book
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:call for bulk rate 800-292-0969

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