Blood and Transplant: Blood

Why is blood donation so important, anyway? Science and health classes across multiple grades benefit from an in-depth look into the need for and process of blood donation. With an emphasis on presenting the topic in a non-threatening manner, this second of a series of four lessons provides video and Internet links, printable materials, and activities to demystify the donation process.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Tailoring the information to the comprehension level of your class is easy,  simply select the activity that best fits prior knowledge
Classroom Considerations

  • Review the materials carefully, as references are made to organizations and statistics that are specific to the United Kingdom
  • Plan for computer access so that classmates may complete the Virtual Blood Donation Session in pairs
Pros

  • Pupils will be engaged in a variety of activities that help meet the learning goal; all of the required printable materials are included
  • Content illustrates the need for donations, as well as the process of donating blood
Cons

  • The link to the blood type calculator does not work