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45 minutes

Circulatory System
Section 2-2



LSCell1: Cells have particular structures that underlie their functions

LSMat4: The complexity and organization of organisms accommodates the need for
obtaining, transforming, transporting, releasing and eliminating the matter and energy
used to sustain the organism.

SWBAT describe and map the structures of the
heart and blood vessels IOT understand how these
structures function in transporting blood and other
materials all around the body.

Essential Question
E: How does the pulmonary circulation loop differ from
the systemic circulation loop?
E: How can heart rate be determined? What does it signify
and why is it important to know?

EG: SWBAT use heart rates IOT explain how the

circulatory system work and what types of issues
will arise if not within the optimal range.


5 Es

10 min
This took much
more time than 10
minutes. Students
had drawn and
labeled the heart the
night before for HW
but didnt remember
much. We went over
the different
structures and
reviewed material
from the day before
i.e. Aorta is an
artery, what arteries
do, why they have
the structure they

20 min
This section also
took longer than



Lesson Agenda
Teacher will
Put up the Do Now which is asks
students to label the different parts
of the heart (review from the lesson
the day before).
Since this was also my second day
of teaching I asked students to fill
out a little information card asking
them about their person and their
lives (D.O.B., number of siblings,
personal theme song) so I could get
to know them a little better on a
personal level. This exercise was
really beneficial, but again it added
to the time taken in the start of
class. Im really happy I did it though
because it gave the kids a chance to
express themselves and shows them
that I really care about learning
about them.
Show a video outlining the pathway
of blood flow throughout the body.
Present guided notes on the two
circulation loops that occur within
the human body. The lesson will then

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Students will
Label the different parts of the heart
as a review.
Students had a hard time at the
beginning of the class being able to
do this, but by the end of the Do Now,
most kids felt comfortable with the
hearts structure and the way it

Watch a video on the pathway blood

takes through the heart to the rest of
the body. Then students will take
notes on these two loops that occur
within the circulatory system. Once

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segue into the information we can

determine from a persons systemic
arteries-their heart rate!
The video was scrapped because the
day before, we werent able to get
through the notes on veins (the last
of the 3 types of blood vessels) so
slides on veins were replaced with
the videos. Going over the two types
of circulatory loops went very well.
Once we went over the two loops I
asked a student to come up and
draw out on the board the order of
blood flow throughout the heart and
body. I found this last minute
decision very helpful in clarifying for
students the path of blood flow in
the body.
The major thing I noticed and the
change I need to implement in my
class is limiting the amount of
questions asked by the kids.
Obviously questions about the
material in the hopes to clarify an
idea/concept would never be
discouraged. The problem is that
many of the kids are so excited they
ask any and every question they
have on the topic, which slows us
down. Im going to implement a 3
question rule per slide (unless for
clarification) and then ask kids to
write down other questions they
have and give them to me to be
answered at a later time when they
are more relevant. Also, I need to be
better at moving things along,
without discouraging their
enthusiasm. I can do this by saying
things like Thats a great question!
Lets revisit it when we reach the
body system that it is more closely
related to. Or We dont have time
to explain that now, but write it
down and we will come back to it.
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both loops have been explained

students will be asked to make a
connection between the systemic
arteries and determining a persons
pulse/heart rate.
The students were very active
participants in the lesson. They asked
a number of questions that were all
related to the material, but would
sometimes then spiral out of the
realm of the circulatory system i.e.
jumping into the nervous system or
medical concepts we wont be
touching on. It was wonderful to see
the kids so excited about learning the
content, but this definitely put the
damper on the pace of the lesson. The
student who did come up to the board
to help draw out the blood flow,
wasnt very confident and seem
apprehensive. I was happy to see her
come up and try, and also to see the
help her classmates offered her. Im
glad I added this into the lesson on
the fly. I thought it was really helpful.
It was also a great was to segue into
the homework listed below in


15 min

Teacher will give students an

opportunity to brainstorm some
benefits that come from knowing
ones heart rate. Then they will be
provided time to learn their own
heart rate in preparation for the lab
the following day.
We did not get to this because of the
number of questions kids asked and
the extended time spent on the Do
Now. Im going to include this in
tomorrows lesson as a way to gear
students up for their lab activity.

Students will brainstorm some

benefits that come from knowing a
persons heart rate. They will then
actually take their own heart rate in
preparation for the lab being down
the following day.

Have students create a drawing or

mnemonic device that helps them
remember the flow of blood
throughout the body (pulmonary and
systemic circulation loops)

Use the information presented in this

lesson to create some sort of memory
device (graphic, mnemonic etc.) to
help him or herself remember the
flow of blood through the hearts
I think students will really benefit
from doing this HW. The kids
understood how blood flows through
the body by the end of the class, but
they may forget by the time the test
roles around. This will be a great way
for them to put it into their own
version that will be easier for them to
understand and remember. Also,
having kids share their study devices
will benefit other students, who may
not have thought about the path of
blood flow in that particular way.



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Finish the Extend for HW if not finished in class

Pulmonary circulation loop, systemic circulation loop, coronary artery, pulse, heart rate
-didnt get to pulse or heart rate but are doing it at the next class

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Having students take notes from the powerpoint is another factor that slows the pace of the
class. For the next unit, Im going to print the notes with a few blanks, so the students have to
copy less, giving us more time to cover material and more time to answer questions.

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