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Subject: Health (9 - 12), or Science (9 - 12)
Title: A Cardiovascular Excursion
Description: Students will describe the functions of the cardiovascular system by tracing the flow of blood through the body.  It involves the use of technology to demonstrate the basics of this science concept along with a vast understanding of common and complex disorders.


Subject: English Language Arts (10), or Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: The Flow of Red Blood Cells
Description: Students will research the flow of red blood cells through the body. The student will prepare a presentation (oral or written) based on RAFT (role, audience, format, theme). Students will use technology to do research for accuracy of information and English Language Arts for presentation.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Traffic Jams in the Circulatory System!
Description: Students will discover how atherosclerosis can cause plaque build up in the inner walls of arteries leading to hardening of the arteries which leads to cardiac disease. Students will research atherosclerosis using the Internet and prepare a slide show presentation to communicate the causes and effects of atherosclerosis. Each student will complete a newsletter or brochure to motivate other students, teachers, and staff to monitor diet.


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Subject: Science
Title: Modern Leeching      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how leeches, popular in medicine in the 1800s, are still used by doctors today, sometimes for safely removing congested blood from a wound. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics,Science
Title: Analyze the Data      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore rates of change and accumulation in context. They calculate concentrations and flow rates and use an interactive Java applet to graph their data.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Health
Title: Changing Lifestyles and Heart Health      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students examine and evaluate changes in diet and lifestyle from prehistoric to modern times and how these differences have spurred the development (and better treatment) of heart disease. They then use their knowledge in a debate between students representing hunter-gatherers and modern students. Students also critically examine their own diets.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Health,Mathematics
Title: Gather Data      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students explore rates of change and accumulation in context by modeling cardiac output. They use an interactive Java applet to create a graph of the data they collect.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Health,Mathematics,Science
Title: Cardiac Output, Rates of Change, and Accumulation      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from Illuminations, students explore the measurement of the amount of blood being pumped by a heart. The measurement is based upon two common problems: (1) a flow rate and accumulation problem and (2) a concentration problem.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Hearts & Worms      Add Bookmark
Description: In Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how a worm that has no heart is helping scientists figure out why potentially beneficial drugs may have deadly heart reactions in humans. Christina Petersen, an anesthesiologist from Vanderbilt University, explains how a tiny roundworm, known as C. elegans, beats rhythmically like a human heart, has similar electrical properties, and is controlled by similar genes. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Transplant      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students use the Internet to learn about the workings and anatomy of the heart and the medical techniques that help people live longer, healthier lives. Students then use their knowledge to discuss controversial issues surrounding heart transplants. Students also perform an online simulation of a heart transplant to get a more realistic idea of what is involved.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Blood Cholesterol      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about whether donating blood could actually be good for you. In the interview, Kirsten Alcorn, Medical Director of the Washington Hospital Center's transfusion service, discusses whether or not donating blood can help you get rid of cholesterol. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Health,Science
Title: Changing Lifestyles and Heart Health      Add Bookmark
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, guides students in exploring Web sites about heart disease research. Students then respond to questions based on the information they have read.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Health
Title: Gum and Heart Disease      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how scientists have found two kinds of oral bacteria in human artery plaque, a sticky substance that clogs blood vessels. This implies that certain strains of bacteria have the ability to travel from gum to artery tissue. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Young Blood      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how young blood can help old muscles heal faster. An experiment found that blood from younger mice stimulated stem cells in the muscles and livers of older mice. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Educational Technology,Health,Science
Title: Heart Transplant      Add Bookmark
Description: This E-sheet, from a Science NetLinks lesson, guides students through a series of online activities related to the human heart, heart disease, and substitute hearts.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Healing Grapes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about efforts to boost the positive effects of some free radicals. Scientists have discovered that a compound found in grape seeds turns into a free radical when it's applied directly to wounds, promoting new blood vessel and skin growth. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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