Circulatory System Resources
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We’ve been studying the circulatory system and are excited to share these resources and projects with you!
Included in this post you will find a variety of activities, videos, printables, entire lesson plans, and teacher guide’s related to the heart and the circulatory system.
Some of the circulatory systems resources are appropriate for the entire family, others we have broken down by “all ages” and elementary/high school.
However, you know your children best, and the beauty of homeschooling is you can teach multiple grades at one time. Sometimes material will challenge younger children who learn alongside their older siblings. Other times older siblings can help explain and teach their younger siblings.
Activities, Videos, Printables, Slides, and More for a Circulatory System Lesson Unit
The circulatory system project this week in co-op came right out of the Apologia Human Anatomy and Physiology text book. Using graham crackers, different sized marshmallows and colored icing a model heart was created. The blue icing represents the de-oxygenated blood coming back from the body and the red icing represents the oxygen rich blood from the lungs ready to be pumped back to the body.
At home, my daughter decided she wanted to do another heart model to make sure she knew the proper flow of blood through the heart. Hands-on projects are always great to improve understanding. She decided to make this one more life-like. Using her ipod, she found a cross-section drawing of a heart showing the flow of blood. She used the sculpting clay she uses in her art and jewelry projects to make her own.
Other heart models to try:
- This is a project we have here on our site – Create a Heart Model
- Yarn Hearts
- Build a Working Model of the Heart (Requires simple materials. This is a YouTube video.)
- When learning the difference between arteries and veins, always remember that Arteries carried the oxygen-rich blood Away from the heart and both Arteries and Away begin with the letter A.
- Veins always carry de-oxygenated blood to the heart, except for the pulmonary veins which carry oxygen rich blood from the lungs to the heart muscle itself.
If you like videos…
This video discussed the flow of blood through the heart. This is for middle and high school.
How the Heart Actually Pumps Blood from TED-Ed
Circulatory System Study Resources for Multiple Grades
If not notated, the following circulatory system lessons and activities can be used for a wide range of grades. We have also listed circulatory system resources that are geared toward middle & high school. However, you know your children best, so select the activities that will spark interest and exploration!
This is a circulatory game “board” you print. It says it’s geared towards 4-8th grade, but even little learners will enjoy this.
Circulatory System Notebooking Pages Lots of free worksheets
Learning About The Human Heart – with free printable Comes with a cute heart house printable.
Human Heart Label Worksheet from AskABiologist (PDF)
The History of the Stethoscope – Video from Web MD
How to Take Your Pulse video from Hamilton Health Services
Get the family moving with grade-by-grade game and activity ideas from the Heart and Stroke Foundation
Middle and High School Resources Circulatory System Lessons and Resources:
Complete unit study on the heart and circulatory system with excellent slides and a Teacher’s Guide from the Baylor College of Medicine
A video from PBSMedia that shows animation and footage of how the heart works and how blood flows through the circulatory system.
Circulatory System Overview – This is a resource for grades 8-12.
The History of the Stethoscope from the National Institute of Health
A video from the Mayo Clinic about the heart and circulatory system
Watermelon is very heart healthy. WakeMed Heart Center in North Carolina shares some heart-healthy watermelon recipes. Plus, this newsletter PDF has other informative information for high school through adult.