A Heritage Fair encourages students in Grades 4 to 9 to explore Canadian heritage in a dynamic, hands on learning environment. Students choose their own topic, do the research and then choose a format for presentation. The focus is on developing personal and interpersonal skills.
Heritage School Fairs support the curriculum and encourage a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning. With a dual emphasis on research skills (note-taking, editing, defining sources) and communication skills (public speaking, interviewing, verbalization) the process benefits all students.
Heritage School Fairs generally take place at two levels:
- The local Heritage School Fair typically taking place in March or April
- The Regional Heritage School Fair typically takes place in the host city in early May.
January to Mid-February
Discuss the project with the class and distribute the student information package to the students. Encourage students to select a topic category and then a specific topic. The catchy project title may come later after doing some research and working on the project. Create a student’s plan of action.
Mid-February to Mid-March
If possible, provide class time and teacher guidance to really get the project underway. Encourage students to use the Public Library, Museum or Archives if there is one in your area. Start project research and prepare verbal presentations. Encourage students to do an interview with an individual about their topic, if appropriate. Double check that all criteria as outlined in the registration package are covered.
Mid-March to Mid-April
Finish projects. Conduct a school-wide or classroom mini-fair to show off student accomplishments and provide practice for the Regional Heritage School Fair.
Friday, May 6, Saturday May 7, 2016
Attend the Edmonton Regional Heritage School Fair. A great day of interaction, entertainment, learning and prizes!
Please remind parents that they are to excuse themselves during judging.