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Plastic Fork Diaries
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What's it about?
Follow the lives of six middle school kids by reading their diaries, scanning scraps of paper in their lockers, and viewing other bits of ephemera. Each student has his own issues and secrets, and as it turns out, his own relationship with food. This site is a companion to the PBS series. Each episode may be viewed online, adventure-game style. You \"walk\" through the school by clicking on a master map. Along the way you'll discover clues to what's going on with each student. Additional material about each episode is also available on the site.
Is it any good?
This highly interactive site takes a creative, sophisticated approach to teaching about food and nutrition. In addition to covering basics like calorie intake, PLASTIC FORK DIARIES touches on topics like meat substitutes, the relationship between smell and hunger, and FDA labeling. It's not every day that you find a site for young teens that runs the gamut from the history of cotton candy to the role of food in religious traditions -- and also manages to be coherent, educational, and engaging.
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