Our heart is about the size of our fist and pumps blood throughout our bodies without ever growing tired. This week we covered several pages in David Macaulay's The Way We Work book and created some exciting activities to go along with the book.
To do these projects and activities we used:
a large roll of paper
red and blue yarn
red, white and blue fabric
needle and thread
paper towel roll
top portion of a plastic funnel shaped container
Each kid worked on a different aspect of the project. My son, a budding engineer, worked on the stethoscope. I saw a similar project on Science Sparks and decided to give it a try. He created several different models. Each contained a tube in the middle and cone shape to be placed on the chest.
Our main project was a model of the circulatory system. We traced Jemma since she fit best on the large paper. Then she was given a face, and the veins and arteries (red and blue yarn) were glued into place.
When blood reaches the extremities the blood vessels branch into smaller and smaller pipes called capillaries. We added capillaries to the hands and feet of our model by separating the yarn into smaller strands.
When the model was complete we talked about how unlike our other muscles, the heart muscle never gets tired. The kids made fists and repeatedly squeezed them until they were tired of doing so. We learned how to take a pulse and increase the heart rate through exercise.
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