Foods & Nutrition Judging Team Overview & Objectives
The 4-H Foods
Judging Activity is an experiential, "hands on" learning
opportunity for youth who have completed grades six through eleven.
It is designed to be the "evaluation" component of a series of
educational lessons focusing on foods and nutrition concepts. The
event itself serves as a tool to help us measure if our student learners
gain knowledge and skills, and if they can apply what they have learned to
their daily lives.
The Judging event
itself is designed using the Peer Competition model, where county teams
and individuals compete for top honors. Competition is one
component of the National Model for Recognition in 4-H Youth Programs.
It provides an opportunity for recognition for those who excel in learning
and applying what they have learned in a competitive setting.
Competition also serves as a motivating factor for some--but not
all--youth, and encourages them to actively participate in the learning
activity also provides opportunities for group and cooperative learning.
Interaction with friends is critical to teens, so the "group"
aspect of judging activities is a natural "draw" to students.
Learning to cooperate and accomplish team goals is the second component of
the National 4-H Recognition Model incorporated into the Foods and
Nutrition Judging activity; it is important to provide group learning and
problem solving opportunities, as well as group recognition for
accomplishing shared team goals.
The third component
of the National Recognition Model focuses on participation. For some
youth--especially those new to the program, or possibly those who may be
physically, mentally, or emotionally challenged, the act of
participating and completing this educational program may be a significant
accomplishment. Do not discount those students who attend training
sessions (some or all), but then cannot make it to the
"contest". If they have participated through most of the
learning sessions, they may have learned much more than you realized--and
truly benefit from the experience on a long-term basis. Don't forget
to recognize these participants at some appropriate setting, as well as
those who have chosen to compete.
As a result of
utilizing this learning site and participating in the Foods and Nutrition
Judging Team activity, students will:
the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate the adequacy of a menu
for a day by comparing it to Food Guide Pyramid
as a member of a team to compare menus and rank them according to
nutritional content and aesthetic factors.
In addition to the
above objectives, Senior participants will:
the knowledge and skills necessary to identify the best food sources
for a variety of nutrients.
the critical thinking skills necessary to document and support their
menu evaluation choices and present them in a set of oral reasons.
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