Vertebrate Circulatorium

This Vertebrate Circulatorium interactive also includes:

When you get to the heart of the matter, you learn a lot about an organism by studying its circulatory system! A perfect resource for a zoology or anatomy class, the simulation gives users a peek inside a variety of vertebrates to discover how their circulatory systems work. Each featured animal's simulation also contains a separate animation of its heart at work.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the interactive to provide more information about vertebrate circulatory systems as a part of an interesting cardiology lecture series
  • Have pupils pick out two vertebrates and create a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting their systems

Classroom Considerations

  • Individuals need computers with Internet access to use the simulation
  • Learners should be familiar with the basic workings of the circulatory system and related vocabulary
Pros

  • Animations for each animal are cute and easy to follow
  • Each animal's bio contains information related to the evolutionary process, which helps students see how the circulatory system has evolved
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS