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Help your Anatomy & Physiology students master the pathway of blood through the heart. This hands-on-activity will encourage students to learn and review the pathway that blood takes through the heart chambers, heart blood vessels and valves. Promote teamwork or have students work individually.
You will receive a digital Powerpoint presentation (10 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. There are many extra “arrows” included since some are bound to go missing occasionally!
The cards included are:
o Heart Chambers
o Blood vessels associated with the heart and lungs
o Heart valves
This activity can be used in many ways:
Prior to Instruction: Rather than presenting the overview of the pathway of blood through the heart to the students, have the students take the initiative with their textbook (or online resources). Ask students to use the cards to trace this pathway with their cards and arros.
Review after Instruction: After a presentation of the pathway of blood, the cards can be used to help students review and master the material.
Exams: You can even use these cards on lab practical exams!
**Note: this activity does not include micrographs or drawings of the heart or vessels. There are many online resources to find tissue micrographs and drawings. Having students find these online may be incorporated into the activity.
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 15 minutes or up to 40 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 the cardiovascular system or you can 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
• Trace the pathway of blood through the heart
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!