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How Food Works: The Facts Visually Explained

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Author/Publisher/Website: DK Publishing
Copyright: 2017
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Nov/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781465461193
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: 4-12
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Resource Description

“How Food Works” is a collection of infographics that help readers explore a wide variety of food-related topics. This highly-visual guide focuses on food science and nutrition by using bold colours, accessible graphs and labels, and an easy-to-navigate format. The resource is suitable for intermediate and high-school level students and is appropriate for facilitating personal inquiry projects surrounding food or personal health and for supporting teachers’ classroom lessons as a supplementary reference. Additionally, using the book's rich and colourful visuals as examples may also present opportunities for learning to create infographics or other graphic art projects.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Critical thinking
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Social Responsibility
Comments:
This resource supports the ADST Home Economics curriculum extensively, as it focuses on a variety of food-related topics including nutrients, diets, exercise, food preservation, and specific information on types of foods. It can also support aspects of the Physical and Health Education curriculum for Grade 4–10, as well as parts of the Active Living 11–12 and Fitness and Conditioning 11 curricula, specifically around sports nutrition, diets, and exercise. It also relates to Grade 5 and 6 Science curricula in regard to body systems and nutrition.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Multiculturalism:
Some multicultural and religious diets are introduced at the surface level, but do not go into specific detail. Inuit and Arctic peoples’ diets are represented, but other Indigenous diets are not included.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
The nature of this resource is to offer an introductory overview, so many of the topics are not presented in much detail. But it is a good reference to begin to understand these ideas around foods as well as religious and ethical diets.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
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Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Moderately
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
The text is intended to be read at a middle or high-school level, but the resource is rich in colourful visuals that support a lower-level reader. Colour coding helps the reader find information quickly.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Extensively
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Extensively
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
This is a hardcover, non-fiction title. The information is divided into six sections and the book is 256 pages long. There is a table of contents and an index. The Table of Contents is colour coordinated to find information easily. The page numbers and titles are uniform in size, making the resource easy to navigate and understand. At times, the text size is a bit small, making it difficult to read. The size of the book is comfortable and inviting to be picked up by a student. The colours are bold and rich, with easy-to-read labels, graphs, and diagrams.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the instructional design effective and appropriate for the intended audience?
Extensively
Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Extensively
Are the instructional elements consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Extensively
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Extensively
Does the progression in learning go from the simple to the complex?
Moderately
Are the content chunking and sequencing appropriate?
Extensively
Does the resource provide multiple strategies to help learners construct meaning?
Extensively
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Moderately
Comments:
The resource occasionally asks inquiry questions for the reader to consider but does not offer specific lesson plans or assessments. The resource is intended to be a supplementary classroom resource rather than a textbook so it does not increase from simple to complex ideas, but it is organized to move smoothly from one topic to the next.

PRINT CLASSROOM

Does the reference cover topics with sufficient depth for the intended audience?
Extensively
Are the subject area list and/or subtopics extensive?
Extensively
Does the resource broaden students’ experiences and understandings?
Extensively
Does the resource make effective use of visual elements?
Extensively
Are the images compelling?
Extensively
Comments:
The illustrations and diagrams in this resource are highly inviting and informative for student learners. It would be helpful for the resource to have external internet links to support student learning and further exploration. The resource does not include a bibliography to support research but does include a glossary and a Reader Notice that advises students that this information is not a substitute for expert advice.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
This publisher (DK) has published a number of books within the area of education and the book is part of a series that includes titles such as "How the Body Works" and "How Money Works.”

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This resource is not a textbook, but rather a collection of highly-visual infographics that focus on a single topic for each page spread. This could be an excellent resource for a personal inquiry project surrounding food or personal health. This resource could also be used to support single lessons on a specific topic as a teacher resource. For younger grades, the reading level might be a bit high and would need to be supported by the teacher. This resource would be helpful when learning to create infographics or other graphic art projects. Science classes might benefit from the "Food and Environment" section that covers GMO foods, food miles, and sustainable fishing.
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