Heart Parts Teacher Notes  

Created by:
Beth  Wright
Irvine Unified District

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Suggested Grade Level: 5 ?? 

Science Content Standards: Note the following are examples.

Grade 5: Investigation and Experimentation California Content Standards Life Sciences (2b, e)
2b - Students know how blood circulates through the heart chambers, lungs, and body and how carbon dioxide and oxygen are exchanged in the lungs and tissues.
2e - Students know how sugar, water, and minerals are transported in a vascular plant.

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  • Students need a basic background in lab procedures,  and cooperative team. 
  • Students must have a basic understanding that the body has different systems to maintain its functions. Students will investigate and acquire information about the parts of the heart and what its function is to the human body by doing activities 1-6 on the student page.
  • Teacher can do 1 activity a day, or all activities in one class period depending on your internet access for your students and your class timespan.
  • Website for great teacher background info:   The Heart:  A Virtual Exploration 
  • Website for real heart photographs:  The Heart Structure
  • Website for viewing blood vessels information: Tubular Circulation 
  • Website for viewing the pulmonary, and circulation system: Throughout the Body
  • Interpreting data
  • Making inferences
  • Computer literacy
  • Effective use of Internet resources 

Worksheet, Student made Puzzlemaker Crossword, rubric 

  • Worksheet is on the web under Student Activity 5.
  • Student creates a crossword to reinforce his/her vocabulary skills about the heart parts.  Student can actually test another students knowledge by having that student do the crossword for homework.

  • Rubric can consist of monitoring how well the students answer the questions on the quiz on activity 1, score how well your students are able to move through the website and get 10/10 answers correct on Student activity 3, or correctness on their crossword puzzle.


  • Students can find a website that describes how the heart is connected to the human body.
  • Teacher can make a large map of the heart out of red and blue tagboard that matches the one pictured on the student page in student activity 4 link.  Teacher can label each part of the heart or not label, depending how difficult you want this to be. Teacher makes cards for some students to hold, ex.:  arm, leg, head, lung, liver, stomach, small intestines,etc. Each student as a body appendage needs to hold some bean bags.  The lungs need to have a box of ping pong balls to start with. The liver needs to have cards labeled waste.  The small intestines need to have cards labeled minerals.



    Ex.:  One student at a time can walk through the heart as a blood cell going through the atrium to the ventricle.  Student can then go to the lungs, pick up oxygen (ping pong balls), and carry oxygen out to an arm.  Student drops off oxygen and picks up carbon dioxide(bean bag) and takes it back through the heart to the lungs where it exchanges it for oxygen. Each blood cell needs to collect waste, minerals, carbon dioxide, and oxygen as it wonders through other parts of the body.  The same blood cell drops off these items at the appropriate places in the body.  The cycle repeats itself.  This will reinforce the function of the heart to the human body.

    Enrichment lessons on the internet:
    These are some additional lessons that can help your students reinforce how the heart functions in the body.  You can click on the lesson name and it will link directly to the lesson.

    http://sln.fi.edu/biosci/activity/bio-3.html  Make a model of a cell.
    http://sln.fi.edu/biosci/activity/bio-5.html  Heartbeat imitation and dissection of heart.
    http://sln.fi.edu/biosci/activity/bio-2.html  This is an enrichment lesson to test student heart rate.

Additional Websites to find Teacher background information:
Human Heart Sounds:   www.geocities.com/HotSpringes/9596/
Structure of the Human Heart:  www.sln.fi.edu/biosci/structure/structure.html
Integrated Music and Science:  www.fi.edu/biosci/history/database.music.html
Integrated Literature with Science:   www.fi.edu/biosci/history/database.lit.html
Map of the Heart:   www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/heart/heartmap.html
The Human Heart: A Living Pump   www.atlcard.com/pump.html
Human Heart (Ventricle)   www.harefield.nthames.nhs.uk/nhli/protein/hdvent/

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E-Mail: Bwright@iusd.k12.ca.us
August 7, 2001