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Title:4th Grade Vegetable Core
Pub. date: June 2012
Includes: Educator orientation guide
Audience: Children, Children in 4th grade
Language: English
Description:A resource designed to improve school-age children’s knowledge and behaviors related to vegetables as presented in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPlate, and MyPyramid for Kids. There are four 45-minute lessons.
Funding Source: USDA, FNS, SNAP-Ed
Details
Developer: Pennsylvania SNAP Team
Organization: PA Nutrition Education Network
Phone: 717-233-1791
Mail: mbruening@pahunger.org
Length: 4 lessons
Pilot Testing: An impact study was conducted in Fall 2008 and Fall 2009. Pre- and post-testing was conducted in intervention and control classrooms. Analysis revealed significant (p<.001) student improvement in vegetable-related attitude, self-efficacy, preference and knowledge, for students in the intervention classrooms versus the control classrooms. The pre- and post-survey tool has been tested for face validity and test-retest reliability. Here is a summary of the evaluation (PDF|2.8MB).
Assessment instrument Used? Yes
Use Restrictions: Permission needed only to copy evaluation material
Reviewers Comments: This resource consists of a four-session curriculum about vegetables targeting 4th grade children. The resource is based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and uses both MyPlate and MyPyramid as educational tools. Detailed instructions are provided for both preparing for and conducting each class session. It is not necessary to have a background in nutrition to teach this curriculum. Lessons cover topics such as which foods are considered vegetables, how to measure different kinds of vegetables, the vegetable subgroups and the importance of eating a variety of vegetable for health.

The curriculum includes interactive activities such as food tasting and worksheets. Recipes are included for food tastings, but nutrition information for the recipes is not provided. Other materials (food, posters, photocopies, food model cards, other supplies) must be obtained in addition to the Educator Orientation Guide to conduct lessons. Many of the materials are free, but others, such as food, photocopies and other supplies, may have a cost. Additionally, the food model cards are $40 plus shipping and handling.
Availability
View/download files: 
4th Grade Vegetable Core Curriculum (5.4MB): http://www.panutritiontracks.org/public/documents/4GVCEdGuide_PublicUse_2-22-13.pdf
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Tracks
    Mail: 135 East Nittany Ave., Suite 405
State College, PA 16801
    Phone: (814) 863-0074
    Fax: (814) 865-9046
    E-mail: panutritiontrack@psu.edu
    Avail. in Qty: No
    Bulkrate:Downloadable for free

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