Lesson 2

5th Grade Systems Unit
Learning Set 2
Lesson 2
Unit Information
Conceptual Lens Systems
/ Big Idea
 A system is any collection of things that have some influence on one another
and appear to constitute a unified whole.
Driving Question
 A system can include processes as well as things.
 Any system is usually connected to other systems.
 Human health depends on varied biotic systems.
How do human decisions impact the parts of a system?
What is the purpose of the system?
What is the importance of the relationship among the parts of the system?
What decisions impact a system?
Lesson Overview Information
How do the structures in the circulatory system function together?
Lesson Title
Lesson 2
Learning Set
Days to Complete:
During this two day lesson, students will learn about the circulatory system’s main
components including the heart, blood, and blood vessels and how they work together.
Students will make a stethoscope, label a diagram of the heart, and diagram the path
of blood throughout the body.
Learning Set 2: How does the circulatory system work?
Lesson 2: How do the structures in the circulatory system function together?
Students will understand the basic structure of the heart, its purpose, and
function in the body.
Students will trace the path of blood flow throughout the body on a heart
diagram, differentiating between oxygenated and deoxygenated blood with
different colors.
Assessment (of
On a heart diagram, students will label the four heart chambers, septum,
aorta, pulmonary artery and vein, and the superior and inferior vena cava.
Students will draw red/blue arrows through the diagram to show what direction
the blood flow. In four-five sentences, students will explain the path blood
takes through the heart to the body, and back.
In terms of the circulatory system, upper elementary-school students realize
that the heart is a pump, but they do not realize that the blood returns to the
heart. Single loop with no lungs.
Many students believe that blood carried through the veins is actually blue.
Blood’s actual color is a dark bluish-red.
Lesson Details
tennis balls (one per student) (get from PE teacher)
Stethoscopes- (get from school nurses)
one red and blue pen/pencil per student
Heart diagram (one per student)
The Path of Blood worksheet (one per student)
The Human Body for Every Kid pp. 151-153 by Janice VanCleave
Links to
Readings (as
for lesson):
(class or
based on
Various pages from Janice Van Cleave and Linda Allisons’ books will be projected
via data camera and projector as a method of providing more information to
students. Specific pages are listed in the lesson below.
Students will use the provided internet sites to read for information on the path of
blood flow.
Tasks for the
Review vocabulary from Set 2 Lesson 1.
Septum – dividing wall within a body part, such as the heart (separates the right and
left halves)
Aorta- the main artery that leaves the left ventricle of the heart
Teacher guided discussions
Cooperative learning
Hands-on activities
 get stethoscopes from nurse
 get tennis balls for PE teacher
 copy diagram of heart (one per student)
 copy The Path of Blood (one per student)
 create link page for students to use to diagram the path of blood flow
Helpful sites for students to use to diagram the path of blood flow.
Diagram/color page of heart’s blood flow http://www.childrensheartinstitute.org/kidsonly/heartflw.htm
Day 1
to the Lesson: 1. Have students make fists, and then relax them: repeat several times. The heart works in a
similar way: It tightens and pushes blood out of the heart (make a fist); it relaxes and blood
comes into the heart (relax the fist).
Distribute the tennis balls and have students explore the pumping of the heart. Explain
that the heart is the strongest muscle in the body and that it pumps day and night nonstop for
life. Have students squeeze the tennis ball; this is the tightening force that happens in the
heart and it’s needed to pump the blood. Have students try to rhythmically squeeze the ball
seventy times in one minute (an adult heart beats about seventy times per minute). Ask them
to describe what happens (their hand begins to cramp). Emphasize again how hard the heart
The heart is part of the delivery system of the body. Ask students what else is needed to
make deliveries of air and nutrients happen. (veins, blood)
the Lesson:
Day 1 -continued
2. Read pages 151-153 from Janice VanCleave’s The Human Body for Every Kid. Point out
the heart diagram on page 153.
3. Show unlabeled diagram of the heart and label the parts together as a class. Explain that
on paper the sides of the heart are flip-flopped because it is a diagram. If you were to wear
this picture on the outside of a shirt, you would have to turn it around. Therefore, the labels
for the left atrium and left ventricle are actually on the right hand side of the paper. Discuss
how to remember the blood flow: arteries-away, veins-toward, capillaries-connect.
4. Read “Listen In,” pages 50-15 from Blood and Guts. Have each student listen to their
heartbeat. After each student has listened to their heartbeat, ask them to describe what they
heard. Explain that the heart sound lub-dub is made from the opening/closing of valves.
Day 2
1. Review parts of the circulatory system: heart, blood, and blood vessels. Now that students
have learned these parts, they will now learn how they work together to get blood throughout
the body. Hand out to students The Path of Blood work sheet. Have students label previously
learned parts of the heart: left atrium, right atrium, left ventricle, right ventricle, septum, and
aorta. Next, using the graphic from the following web site,
point out and label the pulmonary artery, pulmonary vein, superior vena cava, and inferior
vena cava. Explain that valves are like one-way doors that push blood along from one part of
the heart to another.
2. If a computer lab is available, have students work in pairs and research the path of blood
flow. To save time, create a page of links to various sites that would be helpful to students
(see list under Content Information and Resources). Using a red and blue pencil or pen,
students will use arrows to label the path of blood flow on their diagrams. Once all students
have their diagrams completed, discuss as a class.
Additional Activity Ideas
1. Walk Through the Heart http://www.paec.org/teacher2teacher/a_walk_through_the_heart.pdf
2. Bill Nye the Science Guy video titled “Blood and Circulation”
Issues to
Rubric for
If a computer lab is not available for students to research the blood flow, complete the
diagram as a class.
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