Heart Health Month
Heart Health Month is in February! Show some love for those tickers by teaching about heart health. Here are some time-saving ideas to help you teach about this important topic without missing a beat:
I created this resource to use with the third graders in the lab while we are studying human body systems. This true or false statements sorting activity focuses on the circulatory system! I am committed to creating resources that help our students read and learn in science.
The American Heart Association has an extensive library of free downloadable lessons for both middle school and elementary school programs. Lesson plans from several years are included and there are lessons for each age group and subject area.
Highlights from the American Heart Association lessons include this poster that identifies the parts of the heart and offers tips for keeping your heart strong.
In addition to worksheets and fact sheets, you will find several videos and interactive media options at the PBS Learning website. I recommend the video From the Heart for your upper elementary students. For your middle school students, NOVA has an interactive film called Map of the Human Heart that provides in-depth detail about the functioning of the heart and circulatory system. Both of these multimedia resources include additional information and discussion questions.
If you already have a copy of The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Heart in your classroom, Scholastic has a lesson plan made for you. The reproducible heart chart allows students to record their heart rate during various physical activities. The Scholastic lesson plan also provides a list of extension activities, such as making a heart of clay, to encourage your students’ creativity.
Do you need some clip art to add to your existing lesson plans? Foodandhealth.com has you covered. Sorted by month and category, you’ll find the perfect addition for your worksheets. In addition to heart health images, you’ll find clip art with food, nutrition, and exercise themes. By the way, I found this resource listed among many others at the USDA’s National Agricultural Library.
The USDA has also prepared a set of lesson plans all about nutrition using the My Plate program. At the My Plate website, you’ll find handouts, posters, song and games for students in K through 8th grade. Who could resist Reggie Veggie?
- Terms of Endearment for Your Heart
I love this list of heart-related terms at Idaho Public Television’s Science Trek website. The list contains enough detail to cover all the important heart parts but is simple enough to use with your elementary students. In addition to the glossary, the Science Trek website offers a linked fact sheet, video, and games all about the heart.
- The Heart of Texas
Wow, the Texas Heart Institute didn’t miss a thing. At the institute’s Project Heart website, you’ll find full curricula for grades K through 6 complete with lesson plans and printables for heart health month. I took a peek at Grade 2 and found human anatomy coloring pages as well as diagrams of the heart for coloring. The curriculum includes a printable poem, booklet, and worksheets too.
If you visit the Project Heart Website you can listen to and compare normal and abnormal heart sounds with your students and download a set of colorful classroom posters.
Finally, at Nourish Interactive, you can download a different set of nutrition and health themed printables every month of the year. For February, the website is featuring Healthy Heart printables including a food pyramid and healthy heart worksheet, a top ten heart healthy tips sheet, and a heart health matching worksheet.
We hope this set of resources will save you time and warm your heart this February. Have a great Heart Month!
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