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Students measure blood pressures and discuss the causes, effects, and treatments for hypertension. In this blood pressure lesson, students read and discuss information about blood pressure and visit the given links for more information. Students participate in the procedure for taking blood pressure, take five people's pressure, and record on a graph sheet.
Students investigate where the blood in our hearts travels by observing a diagram in class. In this cardiovascular lesson, students examine their own heart by checking their pulse in class. Students investigate a human body diagram and identify the heart and lungs before playing a ball tossing activity.
A lab in which high schoolers examine the difference between arteries and veins. Budding biologists will find out which blood vessel can stretch furthest, recording their data in a table then answering several questions evaluating their work and safety procedures. Note: the two PDFs shown under the downloads section are both linked to the technician notes, but the sheet for your pupils is available as a Word document.
Use the pump from a spray bottle to drive a model of the heart in action! In addition to modeling the function of the heart and blood vessels, aspiring anatomists also simulate arterial blockage. They compare the effects of increased heart rate and increased blockage size. Teacher instructions and student lab sheet are both provided. Consider using this lesson in a biology, health, or anatomy course.
If your students need more information about diabetes measurements, this video will be very useful. Sal explains the correlation between glucose and hemoglobin and resulting bonds that affect the levels of Hemoglobin AC1 (hemoglobin AC1) in the blood. By explaining how rates of AC1 formation are affected, Sal is able to demonstrate that doctors can estimate a measure of glucose over time.
If Hemoglobin and Red Blood Cells play an important role in your curriculum or have piqued your students' interest, then this video would be an asset for understanding that higher acidity and Carbon Dioxide play an allosteric inhibition role. Although a biology topic, the presentation is not overly complex and can stimulate cross-curricular concepts with chemistry.
Use Microsoft Publisher to create a brochure tracing the path blood flows through the body. Working in cooperative groups, seventh graders use creative writing skills to create a "travel" brochure written from the viewpoint of a drop of blood. This would be a great cross-curricular lesson between science and language arts.