Ch 21: The Cardiovascular System Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Cardiovascular System chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the heart as well as the circulatory and lymphatic systems. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Cardiovascular System chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The human circulatory system and the anatomy of the heart Pulmonary and systemic circuits, closed circulatory system, blood vessels, ventricle, valves, atrium, aorta, pulmonary veins, and pulmonary arteries
Tuesday Types of heart conditions and diseases The effects of coronary heart disease, heart attacks and congestive heart failure
Wednesday The lymphatic system and blood Lymph nodes, thoracic duct, edema, lymphatic vessels, white blood cells, platelets, and red blood cells
Thursday Red blood cells How red blood cells provide other cells with carbon dioxide and oxygen, hemoglobin, red blood cells, reticulocyte, and anemia
Friday Blood typing An examination of blood classifications that depend on different types of antigens that are present in the blood

7 Lessons in Chapter 21: The Cardiovascular System Lesson Plans
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The Human Circulatory System: Parts and Functions

1. The Human Circulatory System: Parts and Functions

In this lesson, you will take a ride on the transportation system of the body called the circulatory system and its two parts: the pulmonary circuit and the systemic circuit. Take a look inside and see how every inch of your body receives the oxygen and nutrients it needs.

Anatomy of the Heart: Blood Flow and Parts

2. Anatomy of the Heart: Blood Flow and Parts

In this lesson, you will take a look inside the heart and identify the chambers and one-way valves that make up this vital organ. You will also follow along as we trace the flow of blood through the heart chambers.

Types of Heart Conditions and Diseases

3. Types of Heart Conditions and Diseases

Your heart muscle receives a rich blood supply from the coronary arteries. If the coronary arteries become blocked, it can result in coronary heart disease, angina, heart attack or congestive heart failure. Learn how these conditions get started.

Functions of the Lymphatic System

4. Functions of the Lymphatic System

In this lesson, you will learn about the lymphatic system and the vital role it plays in keeping the cardiovascular system working. You'll discover how the lymphatic system (with its lymphatic vessels and capillaries) quietly works in the background to return leaked fluids back to the blood.

Blood: Function & Components

5. Blood: Function & Components

You know your heart pumps blood through your blood vessels, but do you know why this is important? Learn why your blood must keep moving, as well as the things that make it up, like plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

Circulatory System IV: Red Blood Cells

6. Circulatory System IV: Red Blood Cells

Why don't mature red blood cells have nuclei or mitochondria, and how do these guys squeeze through capillaries? While learning about the brief but glorious lives of red blood cells, you'll also see which characteristics help them transport oxygen and carbon dioxide to other cells.

Blood Types: ABO System, Red Blood Cell Antigens & Blood Groups

7. Blood Types: ABO System, Red Blood Cell Antigens & Blood Groups

You are either blood type A, B, AB or O. But, did you know that your blood type is determined by microscopic antigens found on your red blood cells? In this lesson, you will learn about the different blood groups and why they do not mix.

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