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Critical Thinking & Health: Nutrition and TV Commercials

Early Elementary School - this kit provides teachers and other educators with the materials to help young children begin to understand the purpose of TV commercials (and advertising in general) in terms of selling intent, and to recognize the types of tricks that advertisers may use to make products look better than they really are. Specific lessons focus on foods groups and misleading nutritional messages commonly found in children's TV commercials, especially the "complete breakfast shot" and highly sugared pseudo-fruit snacks and beverages. Lessons are designed to address developmentally appropriate health standards, and many different commercials are provided so that children can discuss and practice what they have learned.
All materials are free and classroom-ready, including: overviews, teacher guides, handouts, assessments, and all digital media.
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  • To purchase a flash drive with all print material and digital files, please contact 607-274-3471.
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