Seventh-grader Cole White shows fifth-grader Kessler Patterson how the digestive system works during the Craig Middle School health fair. Brynna Vogt and Becky Fields’ science classes put together stations on health and the human body. Fifth-graders visited each station, where they viewed a poster, model, answered questions and participated in a learning activity.

Photo by Darian Warden

Seventh-grader Cole White shows fifth-grader Kessler Patterson how the digestive system works during the Craig Middle School health fair. Brynna Vogt and Becky Fields’ science classes put together stations on health and the human body. Fifth-graders visited each station, where they viewed a poster, model, answered questions and participated in a learning activity.

Students become the teachers at Craig Middle School's inaugural health fair

— It was a bit of a role reversal earlier this week when Craig Middle School seventh-graders became the teachers during an inaugural health fair.

Students of Brynna Vogt and Becky Fields’ science classes worked together to create stations for fifth-graders to learn about the human body and how to keep it healthy.

Each station included a poster, model, activity and questions to answer upon completion of the station.

Vogt said the health fair gave students an opportunity to put to practice their newfound knowledge by focusing on real-world applications. Groups led discussions and activities about the nervous, digestive, excretory, skeletal and circulatory systems. They also covered concussions, first aid, muscular development, skin, nutrition and the effects of smoking.

“They’re pretty excited,” Vogt said. “They were so nervous but they’ve just settled right in. I’m so proud of them.”

Seventh-grader Alyssa Spencer helped her group teach fifth-graders about the nervous system.

“I like to teach them things and help them learn. I know science is my favorite subject,” Spencer said. “It’s just been really fun putting this together and I like to spend my time to make sure they enjoy it.”

Their fifth-grade students seemed to appreciate the work that went into it.

“My favorite group has probably been the digestive one because they were way nice,” fifth-grader Caylah Million said. “They helped us learn a lot.”

Fields said organizing the fair required a lot of communication between the classes and groups. The teachers’ four classes were split, with half responsible for the poster and walk -away questions and the other half responsible for the model activity.

“It was an interesting activity for us,” Fields said. “We’re hoping we’ll be able to do it again next year. But we’ll just have to see how things go.”

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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