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Tired of “just lecturing” over tissues to you students in anatomy and physiology? Do you wish students could have a hands-on activity to review and master the tissues found in the human body? This “Tissues Mix and Match” will encourage students to make the connection between the tissue name, location, description and function. Students can work individually or in teams, thereby promoting teamwork and discussion.

You will receive the following:

1. Powerpoint presentation (31 pages) with the cards to print, laminate and cut. This is included as both a .pdf file and a Powerpoint document. There are four cards to a page but you can modify the size of the cards, shape and colors any way you wish.

The cards included are:
• 20 cards with tissue names in blue
o 6 Epithelial tissues
 Simple squamous
 Simple cuboidal
 Simple columnar
 Pseudostratified columnar
 Stratified squamous
 Transitional
o 10 Connective Tissues
 Areolar (loose)
 Adipose
 Reticular
 Dense regular
 Dense irregular
 Hyaline cartilage
 Elastic cartilage
 Fibrocartilage
 Bone
 Blood
o 3 Muscle Tissues
 Skeletal
 Smooth
 Cardiac
o 1 Nervous Tissue

• 27 cards with location of tissues in red
• 22 cards with a description of tissue function in green
• 20 cards with tissue description in orange

2. Student worksheet/chart and instructor key (2 pages each). This is included as both a .pdf file and a Word document. Students can record their matches on the chart for further review.

This activity can be used in many ways:

Prior to Instruction: Rather than presenting the tissues to the students, have the students take the initiative with their textbook (or online resources). After a brief overview of the categories of tissues, ask students to use the cards to match tissue names with locations, functions and descriptions. You can make this as easy or difficult for students as you wish by limiting the cards for the first time through. For example, you may wish to give students only the cards with the tissue names and description on them to “mix and match”. Or you may decide to give them only the tissue names and locations. Once students have mastered this you can add all cards for students to match.

Review after Instruction: After a presentation of the tissues, the cards can be used to help students master the tissues. Here are some suggestions for directing students.

1. Using your cards, match the tissue name with its location.
2. Using your cards, match the tissue name with its description.
3. Using your cards, match the tissue name with its function.

Class Presentation: Sometimes I will assign each student a tissue to present to the class. The student would match the cards correctly, take pictures with their phones, search online for images, put together a presentation and present it to the class. This encourages students in their mastery of course content as well as teamwork, computer skills and public speaking skills.

Exams: You can even use these cards on lab practical exams!

**Note: this activity does not include micrographs or drawings of tissues. There are many online resources to find tissue micrographs and drawings. Having students find these online may be incorporated into the activity. There are a number of online resources with histology databases to find images.

Grades: This activity is best used for Anatomy and Physiology in high school or in college. It is especially well-suited for a community college course in Anatomy and Physiology that serve as pre-requisites for nursing and other allied health fields.

Time: Due to its versatility, students could spend only 30 minutes or up to 90 minutes depending on how the instructor prefers to utilize the activity. It can also be split over two to three class periods to reinforce concepts and improve mastery.

Student Preparation: Students may either be well-prepared with a background in tissues or use this activity can be used as a “starting place” to organize the material, depending on the instructor’s preference.

Standards: Life Science: Comparative Anatomy and Physiology

Grades 9-12 – use as review of previous material
• Describe the structure and function of tissues

College – Use as an introductory tool or review exercise

Materials Needed: only a flat clean space to lay out cards (once they have been printed, laminated and cut.) I recommend having a set of cards for every group of 4-6 students.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this activity!
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Anatomy & Physiology Tissue (Histology) Mix and Match Cards
Anatomy & Physiology Tissue (Histology) Mix and Match Cards
Anatomy & Physiology Tissue (Histology) Mix and Match Cards
Anatomy & Physiology Tissue (Histology) Mix and Match Cards