The Human Cardiovascular System - Links for Montessori Unit Study

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Below, are links for a complete unit study on the human cardiovascular system. These K-12 links will lead you to articles, hands-on activities and other exercises that are compatible with the Montessori classified science reading cards, creative writing and other extensive lesson plans found in the Montessori at Home, Modern Montessori at Home and Modern Montessori at Home II books.

Some of the lessons below will be useful for postsecondary students as well. When I taught medical terminology at the college level, I divided the presentations into the basic study of Greek and Latin prefixes, roots and suffixes and then proceeded to have the students focus on the study of a body system, i.s. respiratory, circulatory, etc.

Each week I initially spent some time on the review of basic roots, prefixes and suffixes. The students practiced pronouncing the words and combining the basic roots with different prefixes and suffixes to form new words. So that the students could fully appreciate the topic at hand, we used diagrams, audiovisual aids and discussed medical laboratory tests, x-rays and clinical applications where the medical terms would be used. The students then independently studied diagrams and a select a list of relevant medical terms matched to the body system or medical topic being presented.

Flash cards work well in helping to learn the new language. This is particularly true for students who are now older but worked with the classified reading cards when they were younger. A concentrated study of the Greek and Latin word elements is also useful for those preparing to take ACT and SAT tests.

Diagrams of the Heart for Classified Reading Card Activities

The Heart with Labels and Color Coding for Classification
Discussion of How to Make Montessori Classified Reading Cards
Human Cardiovascular System - Clipart
Diagram of the Heart
The Inside of Your Heart: The Septum - (Ages 6 - 8)
The Inside of Your Heart: The Valves (Ages 7 -9)
Heart Diagram (Downloadable in .pdf)
The Human Heart with Labels

Cardiovascular Terminology

Audio Pronunciation of Cardiac Terms (Ages 12 - Adult)
List Cardiac Terms Featured on Audio(Ages 12 - Adult)

Links to Lessons Involving Heart Structure and Function

The Anatomy of Your Heart: Assessment (Ages 6 - 8)
Anatomy of the Cardiovascular System
Anatomy - My Heart's Electrical System(Ages 10 - 13)
Bookplus Model - The Heart
Anatomy -The Conduction System (Ages 10 - 13)
Bio Signs - Heart
The Human Heart by Seymor Simon
Using a Pumping Station Kindergarten Activity
Pulse of Life
Keeps on Pumping
Under Pressure
Sounds of the Heart
Valves and Pumps - A Demonstration
The Heart as a Pump
Go With the Flow

Extension Exercises

Scholastic Chart Your Heart Extension Exercise Exploring Food Groups (Ages 5 - 7)
Nutrition:Making Healthy Food Choices - Go Heart! Ages 7 - 9
Food Tree for a Healthy Heart - Classification Activity (Ages 6 - 8)
Nutrition: How Do I Choose the Right Foods? (Ages 10 - 13
Exercise: What Kinds of Activities are Best? (Ages 10-13)
Instructional Guide Use to Cull Information for Montessori Style Heart Presentations (K-6)
Links to Greek and Latin Medical Prefixes, Roots and Suffixes.

Let's Read, Write and Talk About the Human Heart

Make a Booklet Activity (Ages 5 - 7)
I Have a Heart Poem (Ages 5 - 8)
24 Hour Nutrient Diary(Ages 10 - 13)

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