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What Makes a Great Plate? Nutrition for Today

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Keywords: Tool Factory Workshop, technology, posters, information, food choices, nutrition
Subject(s): Health and PE, Technology, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar
Grades 4 through 5
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Spurling Christian Academy, Arlington, TX
Planned By: Pam Weber
Original Author: Pam Weber, Arlington
Day 1:
Discuss the purposes of posters. A good poster tells important information and tries to persuade the reader to remember and use the ideas.
Show the students examples of well-designed posters.
Review the USDA guidelines for the “MyPlate” program at http://www.choosemyplate.gov. Discuss the main ideas of the “MyPlate” guidelines. Tell the students that the posters they design and print will be displayed in the cafeteria to be seen by the entire school.

Day 2:
Have students develop the ideas that will be featured on their poster. They will do a rough drawing to place the text and graphics for their poster.
Have students check their poster design for these elements:
Big titles
Lots of color
Good graphics
Great message
Gather the class and answer any questions that students have about their project.

Days 3:
Students will complete tutorials for Tool Factory Workshop’s Word Processor tools in our school’s computer lab.

Days 4 & 5:
Students will work in the computer lab using Tool Factory Word Processor tools. Poster size will be 18” x 24” printed over 4 conventional 8.5” x 11” sheets of paper. Page size will have to be increased so that it is 2 sheet wide and 2 sheets tall.
Students will follow these directions to increase page size:
• In the menus click FILE>PAGE SET UP
• Click the “Custom” button
• For Height, enter 2 sheets
• For Width, enter 2 sheets
• Click OK

Next students will add images and text to design the poster.

Students will select images from the picture bank. These images can be moved, resized and rotated as needed for the design.

Print posters in black and white so that students can evaluate and edit their design.

Day 6:

Students will make any needed edits to their poster. Posters will be printed on a color printer. Students will cut off the borders and tape the 4 sheets of paper together.

Finished posters will be displayed on the walls in the cafeteria.
Research has determined that using technology in instruction has a positive impact on student learning and motivation. As the librarian/media specialist in a small private school it is my goal to provide a technology-rich environment for our students on a very limited budget.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Language Arts: Students use nutritional information to write poems about “What Makes a Great Plate”.
Technology: Students use the word processing component to create a concentration-type game. Students will use images to create picture cards of wise food choices and junk food choices. Cards are placed face down and scrambled. Students then turn over 2 cards at time trying to make a match.
Teacher will post a poll on the school website to assess student body’s evaluation of the posters: did they view the posters, did the posters supply new information and would they consider using the information in making food choices in the future.
Links: Link to USDA
Materials: Art Tools, Printers, Word Processor
Other Items: 1 Epson Stylus® C88+, $299.99 each, total of $299.99
1 Epson Stylus Ink Jet Printer Combo Pack Ink Cartridge, $60.00 each, total of $60.00
1 Tool Factory Workshop Deluxe 10 pack, $1449.75 each, total of $1449.75