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The Human Body's Circulatory System Theme Page

Here are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or other links related to the specific theme of the body's Circulatory System. Please read our disclaimer.

[The] Atlas of the Human Body

This site has a wide ranging set of diagrams that serve as "road maps" of the various systems of the human body. See their links to the Circulatory System and to the Heart.

Better Body Books
High school students are challenged to learn the structures and functions of a body system thoroughly so that they will be able to pass on the concepts and ideas to younger students in the form of children's books.

Body Quest
A 1997 Think Quest award winner, this site is designed for students ages 11-16 wishing to learn more about anatomy. This link is to the main page which contains 18 sub-selections. Click on 'Circulatory System' for a brief summary and graphic of the system.

Cut to the Heart
This NOVA web site looks at four heart-related topics: Pioneers of Heart Surgery, Treating a Sick Heart, Troubled Hearts, and Map of the Human Heart. This last section explains and illustrates how blood flows through the heart.

Grade 5 Life Science Curriculum (Body Systems - Respiratory, Circulatory, Sensory)
This is from the B.C. Government Ministry of Education IRP site. It offers Prescribed Learning Outcomes, Instructional Strategies, Assessment Strategies and Recommended Learning Resources.

Healthy Heart
A classroom activity designed to help intermediate students observe, classify and interpret data about the heart.

[The] Heart and the Circulatory System
Access Excellence provides background information, an article on the anatomy of the heart, four student activities, and a glossary.

[The] Heart: An Online Exploration
A site written for high school students. It has information and lessons about the heart's development and structure, the blood's components, vessels and veins, and ideas on how to monitor your heart's condition.

How the Body Works: The Circulatory System
A number of animated pages show the blood flowing through the veins and arteries as the heart pumps and the valves open and close. (Requires Shockwave)

Circulatory System Lesson Plans
An AskERIC Lesson Plan for students grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Learning the Flow of Blood Through the Hearth
Learning the Flow of Blood Through the Heart is an AskERIC lesson for grades 4, 5, and 6.

[The] Human Heart
Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation's site allows students from the upper elementary grades to listen to a narration about the circulatory system, see the heart in action via an animation, and become familiar with the parts of the heart. (Requires Shockwave)

Nature's Best: The Human Body
This link is to the home page of Nature's Best: The Human Body - a site intended for high school students. After selecting an appropriate level of bandwidth, you'll be taken to a menu page offering information on all 8 human body systems (Circulatory, Digestive, Immune, Muscular, Nervous, Reproductive, Respiratory and Skeletal). Select "Circulatory" for descriptions of the pulmonary circulation system, blood and its component parts, blood vessels and veins, and the heart. (Note: You may have difficulty with the middle and high bandwidth options)

Smile Program Biology Index
Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept lesson plan. This database has 60 lesson plans in the section on Anatomy & Physiology that deal directly with the human body's senses and systems. Caution: Since there is a wide number of authors who have contributed to the database, the detail and quality of the lesson plans will vary.

TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional content are also possible.

This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "heart" will produce numerous hits. The search term "circulatory and system" and variations of it will also work but to a lesser degree. Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.

Travel Brochure of the Body Systems
In this Access Excellence lesson plan for grades 9-12, students produce a travel brochure for a tour through each of 8 body systems and a working model of one of the systems.

What Machine Could Do All of This?
Would you like to find out how many times your heart beats in a day, or a month? Perhaps you would like to know the volume of air you inhale in a day, or a month? This site provides a range of information and facts about your body systems.

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