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ABPI Schools: Heart and Circulation


Activity Description


Heart and Circulation
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This is an interactive resource on the heart and circulation that can be used to enhance classroom instruction or used as a student tutorial. There are 10 interactive pages, which include the following topics:

  • What is the circulatory system?
  • The need for a transport system
  • The circulatory system
  • The heart
  • The blood vessels
  • The blood and blood clotting
  • Blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease
  • Quiz



  1. Make sure that the site is not blocked at your school and that the resources can be viewed.
  2. Review the site and identify graphics and animations that would enhance classroom instruction.
  3. Practice using animations
  4. Review the questions at the bottom of each page.
  5. Determine which pages you want to use.


There are a number of interactive features in this resource, which you can use to enhance your classroom instruction. Use these interactive tools as a supplement, to accompany your curriculum.

  • A glossary of terms: any word with a glossary entry is highlighted. Moving the mouse over the highlighted word will show a definition of that word.
  • Quick questions: at the end of most pages or sections there is a question or set of quick questions to test your understanding.
  • Animations: most of the animations can be expanded to full-screen size, ideal for showing on an interactive whiteboard. The animations will play all the way through or can be viewed as one section at a time.
  • Downloads: Teachers can download individual diagrams, animations, and other content from the Resource Library area of the website. Terms and Conditions apply.

Teacher Tips

The interactive graphics are excellent. Even if you don't use the whole lesson, you can incorporate the graphs into your class. If you are printing from an Internet Explorer (IE) browser, please go to 'print preview' and adjust the preferred print zoom level to 85%. This will ensure that all content on the ABPI modules will print out correctly.

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Program Areas

  • ASE: High School Diploma
  • ABE: Adult Basic Education
  • ASE: High School Equivalency Preparation

Lesson Plan


Begin the lesson by asking students to brainstorm what they know about the human body's transport system. Encourage them to think about how nutrients and oxygen reach cells and how waste products are removed.

- Engage students in a brief discussion about the importance of these processes for maintaining overall health.



Introduce the topic of the cardiovascular system by explaining that it is the body's transport system responsible for delivering essential substances like food and oxygen to cells while removing waste products.

- Show a simple diagram or illustration of the cardiovascular system, highlighting the heart, blood vessels, and blood.

- Explain the basic components of the cardiovascular system, emphasizing the roles of blood, blood vessels, and the heart.



- Break down the function of each component:

  - Blood: Explain that blood is the transport medium carrying nutrients, oxygen, and waste products.

  - Blood vessels: Describe arteries, veins, and capillaries, and how they serve as pipes for blood flow.

  - Heart: Discuss how the heart pumps blood throughout the body, providing the necessary force for circulation.

- Introduce the ABPI website on the cardiovascular system and demonstrate how to use it. You can also use visuals and simple language to aid understanding.


Engagement Enhancement

Pair-share activity:

  - Divide students into pairs and provide each pair with a worksheet containing questions related to the cardiovascular system.

  - Encourage students to discuss and answer the questions together, referencing the information presented earlier.

- Computer activity:

  - Allow students to work in small groups on computers or tablets.

  - Provide access to interactive simulations or educational videos demonstrating the functions of the cardiovascular system.

  - Guide students to explore these resources and ask questions as they navigate through the material.



 Conduct a brief quiz or discussion to assess students' understanding:

  - Ask questions about the components and functions of the cardiovascular system.

  - Review key concepts covered in the lesson.

  - Provide immediate feedback and clarification as needed.



Discuss real-life scenarios where knowledge of the cardiovascular system is essential:

  - Talk about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to support cardiovascular health.

  - Highlight how understanding the cardiovascular system can help individuals make informed decisions about diet, exercise, and overall well-being.

- Encourage students to reflect on how they can apply what they've learned to improve their health habits.

Summarize the main points of the lesson, emphasizing the significance of the cardiovascular system in maintaining overall health and well-being.

- Encourage students to continue exploring the topic and ask questions if they have any further inquiries.

- Provide additional resources for students who want to delve deeper into the subject matter.





  • Reading
    • Health
  • Science
    • Biology
    • General Science
    • Health and Life Science


  • Reading
    • CCR Anchor 1 - Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
    • CCR Anchor 7 - Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
    • CCR Anchor 10 - Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.


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