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March 22, 2012

Human Anatomy- Circulatory System

We worked on the Circulatory system the other day, we started by watching a short video on Discovery Education and then moved into our reading. We read our Smart Words Reader Inside your heart. I read it to the kids and split it up into 2 parts, the 1st chapter during our morning circle time, and the second during the afternoon circle time. The next day Cody and Anthony silent read the book for their reading time.

During break time I had the kids work on their stress test, they got into groups and had their partner help listen to their pulse and they recorded their answers. When they were finished with their recordings they were added to their human body lapbooks. The stress test and all of the other lapbook printables were found at Homeschool Share using their free Human Body Lapbook download. We also added a book about the heart, but I didn't manage to get pictures of it.

After our morning break the kids made "candy blood." We used the free printable from To make our blood we used 4 different candies to symbolize the 4 different parts in our blood, red hots (red blood cells), mini marshmallows (white blood cells), sprinkles (platelets), and Karo syrup (plasma). It was a very fun way for the kids to see how much of each substance is really in our blood!

Anthony had fun adding our "red blood cells" he also enjoyed eating the ones that spilled out ;)

The kids colored a circulatory system coloring book I printed off from EdHelper, and we all read through the book.

I have some other great Circulatory System Ideas on my Human Anatomy- Circulatory System Pinterest board.

Kids Health  has a lot of information for kids on the circulatory system, including a video of a child getting an EKG and what it shows!

Discovery Kids has a page with lots of great facts about the circulatory system.

PBS has a video that maps the heart.

How Stuff Works has information about how your blood works.

AKidsHeart has printable hearts for kids to label.

Science Kids offers a game that can be downloaded or played online about Human Body growth.

EdHelper offers lots of circulatory system resources quizzes, mazes, readers, worksheets, diagrams and much more.

Scholastic has lesson plans and activities on the Circulatory System.

Learning Games For Kids has some online games for practicing naming parts of the body.

Kids Biology has a fun interactive game about different systems of the body.


  1. Wow! What a fantastic post with so many lesson ideas and links. I am headed over to take a look at your Pinterest Board now. Thank you for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!

  2. You always have such great ideas here. Your kids must have so much fun learning.

  3. stumbled onto your blog via the blog hop and just wanted to leave you a little blog luv! Def enjoyed reading this post!! new follower!

  4. I love the candy-blood idea. I'll have to try it sometime. My kids and I were exploring the circulatory system a month or so ago, using poker-chips to represent blood cells moving on a huge sheet of paper:

  5. I'd like to invite you to share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Friday @Toys In The Dryer

  6. This is an excellent list of resources about the circulatory system. I love the candy model. What a great way to make learning fun and memorable. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

  7. What a great lesson plan! I would've loved you for my teacher :-) Great ideas and hands on projects that the children probably loved.
    I'm stopping by from the hop and happily following you. I'd love for you to check me out too :-)

    Take care,

  8. This is a great visual - again, I love the idea!!

  9. This is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing it! Do you mind if I pin this post? I'm following your board too!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and your kind words they are appreciated! You are welcome to pin any pictures on my site!

  10. Thanks for sharing at BTT! We have a very similiar unit planned in the very near future, your post will be a great reference, I see lots of other stuff that will be useful soon too ;)

  11. This is AMAZING! What a creative idea for making learning WAY fun!! I featured this at TGIF this week - - Feel free to grab an I was featured button =-) Thanks again for linking up & sharing your creativity with the rest of us. I look forward to seeing what you link up this week!!
    Beth =-)

  12. I just have to say...WOW! You have so many ideas and resources here! That candy blood model makes me want to wake up my kids and make one! I'm going to pin this--thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday!! I'll "see" ya' tomorrow!

  13. This information is great. I hope to find more useful blog posts here that will expand my knowledge. Thanks a lot for putting this up. The circulatory system makes it sure that each and every body part of yours get proper circulation of blood. This particular system makes it a point that all the waste parts are cleared off in the most appropriate manner. Circulatory system ensures proper cleansing in the inners parts of your body especially in the body cells.

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