PEC: Bulletin Boards for Physical Education

Title of Bulletin Board: Live Smart for a Healthy Heart

Category: About the Body

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials: Bulletin board paper, bulletin board letters, construction paper, printer paper, heart stickers


I created this bulletin board for a Health course called Comprehensive School Health Education (K-12) at my university. For my Bulletin Board, I chose to focus on the Cardiovascular System for several reasons. First, I am very passionate about encouraging others to make positive decisions so that they can reach their full health potential. The Cardiovascular System is so essential to keeping a healthy body. Also, I chose this topic in honor of National Heart Month (February 2013). The title of my Bulletin Board is “Live Smart for a Healthy Heart” and is displayed in bold letters at the top of the board. I wanted students to understand that there are choices they make that can affect the condition and strength of their heart. I chose a blue and red color scheme because it is relevant to the subject. On the far left, I provided a very brief explanation of the Cardiovascular System and the role it plays in the body, followed by a simple diagram to further demonstrate this idea. I intentionally kept the information to a minimum, because I think this is the most effective way to present information on a bulletin board. Students are often walking by quickly, and do not stop to read the information in detail. Therefore, I kept the information simple and easy to understand. To the right of the description of the Cardiovascular System, I presented two (of many) lifestyle choices that work together to help keep it healthy. Although there are many other contributors to a healthy Cardiovascular System, Physical Activity and Nutrition are the primary focuses in the North Carolina Essential Standards for 4th Grade Healthful Living. I also displayed an appropriate picture to demonstrate that physical activity can be fun and social. The children in the picture are laughing and appear to be having a good time. Some students may perceive that exercise is not fun, but this will encourage them to think otherwise. I also displayed a picture of some examples of a variety of good food choices. Images are important because it will help the students get a mental image of the kinds of foods they should be looking for. Finally, my favorite part of the board is on the right side and states, “Dear Heart, I promise to take care of you!” Below this, I have attached a marker to the board with Velcro so the students can demonstrate their commitment to make healthy decisions in their own lives. This bulletin board will complement a detailed health lesson related to the Cardiovascular System.

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Submitted by Carlie Barnes who teaches at University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Wilmington, NC. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 3/5/2013 4:42:09 PM. Viewed 13616 times since 2/19/2013.

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