Healthy Heart Visual

If you teach about healthy relationships and are need of an engaging assignment, check out this Healthy Heart Visual.  In this project, students get a tech break as they create a hands-on visual representing characteristics needed for a healthy relationship. This semi-old fashioned project has them critically thinking about the meaning behind their selections as they construct and explain their visuals.



  • Construction Paper in Various Colors
  • Glue Sticks & Scissors
  • Old Magazines (ask for donations if necessary)


  • Once students have learned the basics about healthy and unhealthy relationships, I assign this project.  First they must get a piece of construction paper and a heart template to trace.  Once the heart is traced onto the construction paper, students cut it out and write their name on the back.
  • Students must peruse old magazines looking for 20 picture and/or symbol examples that they are looking for in a healthy relationship.  No words may be used.
  • After all have been selected and cut, students glue them onto the hearts in collage style.  I ask only that there be little to no overhang so the heart shape is visible and all examples can be seen clearly.
  • On a separate piece of paper or on a Google doc that you will need to print, students must critically think about the meanings as they name and explain their choices.  Some examples students have shared include:
    • Shrek Picture:  A relationship should go beyond looks.
    • Spiderman:  Both should always be willing to help the other out in a time of need.
    • Eye: Each should allow the other to see who s/he really is.
    • Lion from the Wizard of Oz:  Both partners need a certain amount of courage in order to make a serious commitment
    • Sweatpants: You should be able to feel comfortable being yourself with that person.
    • Gatorade:  He should be able to satisfy my needs.
    • Bubble Gum: He should be flexible, not only taking, but giving too.
    • Hairspray: My guy should be a together kind of guy, not here and there, but have stability.
  • After students have written their explanations and glued their examples to the heart, collect them.  I always read and graded them pretty quickly so I could use them in a gallery walk the next day.
  • Set up the hearts and explanations around the room, giving students prompts to answer as they read through each to see similarities and differences among the class.
  • When finished with the gallery walk prompts, bring students back together for a class discussion on their observations and perspectives.


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