This unit is constructed as a study of the circulatory system for grade seven students. I’ve found that in recent years this system of the body seemed to be more interesting and motivating of all human biology topics, but there are many important facts and basic skills needed to better understand the circulatory system. Too often we see facts and memorization as the key tool to the learning process. This unit is designated to get away from this process by stimulating the student’s potential through “hands-on” activities. Using creative, divergent, convergent processes, students will be able to better understand general concepts, goals, objectives and strategies.
This unit is divided into six learning areas:
1. History and Discoveries (William Harvey)
2. Blood and its Parts
3. Blood Vessels (Types and Functions)
4. Heart (Its parts, function, blood flow)
5. Diseases of the heart and blood (Myocardial Infraction, Stroke, Atherosclerosis, Hypertension)
6. The Hazards of Smoking in Relation to the Circulatory System
Each specific area will provide the reader with a concept, factual information and a method of teaching this information in a creative way.
Each learning area is described in detail for the teacher. A sample lesson plan is given for each area. The plans use creative thought and analysis for students to comprehend.