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Discussion/Critical Thinking QuestionsThe questions will help shape student's critical thinking, reading, and writing skills; help students relate to hospital visits and surgery; raise students' awareness of the lack of medical care in the developing world, congenital heart defects, and humanitarian organizations like Save a Child's Heart; and motivate students to think about how they can help improve the lives of others in their household and community.
Flow of Blood Worksheet for StudentsA Healthy Heart Pumps 2,000 Gallons of Blood a Day! Students will trace the flow of blood on a heart diagram of a healthy heart and fill in the blanks on the worksheet. Students will also color the diagram to indicate the flow of oxygen-rich blood and oxygen-poor blood.
ASD, A Hole in The Heart An ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) is a hole or defect in the wall between the right atrium and the left atrium. Students trace the flow of blood on a heart diagram with ASD, and complete a worksheet to explain what happens to the flow of blood with this type of congenital heart defect.
Make a Heart PumpStudents will use a balloon, straws, and container to create a heart pump to learn about the pumping action of the heart and what happens if a heart valve is damaged.
Make a Stethoscope Students can make a simple stethoscope out of funnels, tubing, and tape to learn about the “lub dub” sound of the heart and how exercise impacts heartbeat.
People, Places and Cultures
A Multicultural FeastEasy no bake recipes for Israeli hummus and Zanzibar banana custard for the classroom or at home. A taste of culture! More lesson plans to come . . .
Teaching ToleranceAccompanying discussion questions and writing themes to Sabrina, The Girl With A Hole In Her Heart, help students explore how individuals and organizations can promote tolerance and counter prejudices.