Your heart pumps blood to every nook and cranny in your body. The average heart beats approximately 72 times each minute. It weighs nine to eleven ounces in females and just an ounce or two more in males. In your lifetime, your heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times.
Many children are aware of their heart. They can feel it beating in their chest. They can feel it race after recess on the playground and they can feel it jump when they're startled. This is the perfect place to start a unit on the circulatory system.
Teaching the Circulatory System to Your Young Students
While the heart is the center of the circulatory system, it's not alone. You have arteries, veins and of course, the blood that courses through them. Teaching the circulatory system can be fun. Watching children become more aware of their bodies and engaged in how it works can be an enriching experience. The circulatory system can be a single unit or it can be part of a larger unit on health and/or the human body.
Teacher Planet offers a variety of teaching resources to help make teaching the circulatory system simple and enjoyable. You'll find lesson plans, activities, worksheets and additional teaching resources all designed to help you bring the circulatory system alive in your classroom.