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THIS IS A BUNDLED UNIT OF STUDY IN Word FORMAT.
This is an introduction to the circulatory system and human heart on the high school level. It includes extensive notes and pictures for the visual learner.
How to Use This Unit – Circulatory System & Heart
1. Start off with “The Human Heart Open Notes” for the students to fill in using a Promethean Board or projector. Use the “Key” for the answers. After the open notes have been filled out, have the students complete “The Human Heart Open Notes Worksheet”, which includes they KEY.
2. Utilize the “Circulatory and Heart Board Notes” as you see fit. The notes have been broken up into “Board Notes” which students write into their notebooks and “Open Notes” which is referenced above in #1. These directives are highlighted for the teacher so there is no missed information for the student . The board notes may be broken into chunks so that the student is spending about 12-15 minutes per class period taking these notes down into their notebooks. Intersperse any assignments in between taking board notes to break up boredom and reach all learning styles. Use the color pictures to assist students in their understanding of a new unit.
3. Next, have the student complete the “Circ./Heart Vocab” by using any and all notes or the internet to define the vocabulary words.
4. “A Heartfelt Story” is a great assignment for a 50 minutes class period. Teach the students how to take both a carotid and radial pulse. They’ll need this information to help answer the first few questions of the assignment. The “Key” is included.
5. Next, “Internal, External Human Heart Labeling and Coloring” is a coloring page of both the external and internal heart using a word bank to label the structures. The student should use any and all resources to complete the assignment, including the internet if necessary. The “Human Heart Internal External Anatomy Interactives” is also completed during this time and helps with the “External, Internal Coloring” assignment. The interactives include 2 labeling activities and a human heart transplant activity through NOVA – so cool!
6. The “Nat Geo Color Heart Printables W.S.” is a challenging assignment that utilizes the “Nat Geo Color Heart Printables” pdf for the answers. The questions go in order of the sheets. These sheets were printed from the Nat Geo website, and there is no charge for them. The W.S. was created by me to go along with the pdf, and some questions may require some higher order thinking (which is a good thing! ). You can also have the students go to the Nat Geo Website and use the color heart printables electronically.
7. I save the Internal and External Heart GO for last. It’s a graphic organizer-type assignment, separated into two separate assignments; however, I usually just print them front and back for one complete assignment. This is challenging for them. I do not include a word bank. The student must identify the structures of the internal and external heart, then use the “call outs” to list a fact about the structure. All of the structures require 2 or 3 call-outs to complete the assignment. There is no answer key included with this assignment as the facts in the call-outs may be different for each student.
I give a lot of electronic assignments to be completed by the student on a laptop then submitted in a drop box such as Black Board, Schoology or School Space. In order to do this effectively, I create Word assignments without using lines for answers. Trying to type an answer on a line just makes the line shift on the document. So instead of a line, I use two red asterisks (this is so fast and easy to create). The students place their cursor between the two red asterisks and begin typing their answers (or their name, date, etc., wherever they need to type information). This makes it easy for them to see that they’ve answered the question (in red) and I can easily grade the assignment electronically (I’m always looking for the red answers!). Any of these assignments can easily be made into a printed paper copy with little to no modification of the original document whatsoever. Just print! Gotta love Word!