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Teacher: Ron Ramspott who teaches at Ellisville Elementary School in Ellisville, MO. Ron Ramspott can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Heart Fair

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To have students demonstrate their knowledge of the heart and heart disease by creating and presenting a project at the annual Heart Fair.

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials Needed: Depends on the project

Heart Fair

Students in fifth grade design a booth for the Heart Fair. The booth must inform people of how to have and maintain a healthy heart. The students are placed in groups of 5 and have 2 months to create their booth. We tell the students that their booth will be graded for creativity, appearance, content, and presentation. Tables are set up in the cafeteria for each group on the day of the Heart Fair. The booth is then presented to all the students and teachers at our school in the span of an hour. The event is similar to a carnival/science fair. Some of the best ideas for booths include:

  • Healthy Food Walk

  • Heart Trivia Contests

  • Smart Food Restaurant with drive up window

  • Taste tests (Identify the food lowest in fat)

  • Model of how fat clogs arteries

  • Video of how smoking can harm your heart

The students are very creative! We have done this for 3 years now and each year gets better and better.

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Posted on PEC: 10/9/2001 and has received 57 votes.

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