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|Title:||4th Grade Vegetable Core|
|Pub. date: ||June 2012|
|Includes: ||Educator orientation guide|
|Audience: ||Children, Children in 4th grade|
|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|
|Developer: ||Pennsylvania SNAP Team|
|Organization: ||PA Nutrition Education Network|
|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.