Friday, December 30, 2011

Human Body: Blood

Our co-op middle school anatomy class will be doing a 2 week study of the blood, followed by 2 weeks on the circulatory system.

WEEK 1 - INTRO TO BLOOD AND CIRCULATION
  • Watch a Bill Nye video about blood and circulation from the library.
  • Create a model of the blood using corn syrup, red hot candies, white jelly beans, and rice, to show that blood is not solid red, but actually clear plasma that appears red because of the presence of red blood cells
  • Printout that shows what the cells look like under a microscope to add to notebook
  • Coloring book from the Red Cross here.  This is a really great little book that gives some interesting historical facts regarding blood and the Red Cross. It's reproductions of Red Cross posters for you to color, along with historical tidbits. Very cute.
    • Games to play online here
        WEEK 2: BLOOD TYPES

        We'll do some fun experiments about blood types:

        • We'll find out our own blood types using blood typing kits from Home Science Tools

         
        •  We'll go over the circulatory system in our study guide from ellenjmchenry.com

        Some helpful resources for this unit:





        Here's a video from Newton's Apple about blood typing

        Come back next week for the remainder of our fun circulatory system unit!

        2 comments:

        1. Our middle-schoolers enjoyed the blood-typing test. Well, some had to talk themselves into getting pricked, but once they did, they were so interested in how it worked. Looks like a great blood lesson. :)

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        2. Thank you. We're going to try to get some quick, push-button lancets rather than the ones that come with the kit. Easier to prick yourself that way, I think. I can't wait for them to see how it works.

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