On Valentine's Day, as on most other in-school holidays, excited students can create a classroom atmosphere that wreaks havoc with the learning process. Don't fight it! Join in the spirit -- with activities that celebrate the day without sacrificing instruction.
It's Valentine's Day, and your high-spirited students are more concerned with how many cards they've received -- and from whom -- than with the number of elements in the periodic table or with memorizing multiplication tables. Have a heart! Help them celebrate the day with these "heart-y" activities.
Need a "quick-tivity?" Ask your students to think of as many compound words containing the word heart that they can.
A brief description of each activity appears below. Click any headline for a complete teaching resource!
Circulatory system travel brochures
Students create brochures describing a trip through the human circulatory system. (Grades 6-12)
Build an oxygen plant
Students create models of an oxygen-delivery system and relate it to the function of the human circulatory system. (Grades 6-12)
A knife to the heart
Students investigate the history of heart surgery and create a time line showing the most important breakthroughs in cardiac medicine. (Grades 6-12)
Run the circulatory system relay
Students participate in a relay race through the circulatory system. (Grades 6-12)
The heart: An online exploration
The Franklin Museum Online provides this tour of the human heart.
Collection of murmurs, defects and others
Sounds of healthy and abnormal heartbeats. [archived copy]