Jump Rope For Heart - Unclog My Heart

Jump Rope For Heart - Unclog My Heart

Lesson 2 of 4 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • ...

Lesson summary

The heart’s basic role of pumping blood around the body is widely known. But how does the heart muscle actually function, and what can interrupt its proper functioning? In this lesson, students gain a practical understanding of the heart, blood vessels and blood pressure through hands-on experimentation, before creating a campaign that helps others understand this biological system and take care of their hearts and health.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the purpose and function of the heart and blood vessels
  • understand how blood pressure functions, and its impact on health.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • describe the chambers of the heart and the flow of blood around the heart
  • demonstrate blood flow using a model of the heart
  • demonstrate high blood pressure resulting from blocked blood vessels, using a model of the heart.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Years 3 & 4 Health and Physical Education:

  • Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS036)
  • Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (ACPPS039)

Year 3 Science:

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)

Year 4 Science:

  • Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE061)
  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062)

Syllabus outcomes: PHS2.12, SLS2.13, PHS2.12ST2-10LW, ST2-11LW, ST2-4WS

General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Year 3 & 4 Health and Physical Education achievement standards: Students interpret health messages and discuss the influences on healthy and safe choices. They understand the benefits of being healthy and physically active.

Relevant parts of Year 3 Science achievement standards: Students describe how they can use science investigations to respond to questions. They use their experiences to identify questions and make predictions about scientific investigations.

Relevant parts of Year 4 Science achievement standards: Students identify when science is used to understand the effect of their actions

Resources required

  • Blood Pressure Fact Sheet
  • Blu-Tack
  • Device capable of creating audio-visual recordings, such as an iPad or camera
  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Handling Sensitive Topics and Issues – one digital copy
  • Plastic bendy straw – two per group
  • Student Worksheet – one per student
  • Tape
  • Toothpicks – one per group
  • Water bottles – clear plastic – two per group

Skills

This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Community engagement
  • Empathy
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration

Additional info

The Heart Foundation’s ready-made skipping program, Jump Rope for Heart, helps primary school students move more and have fun, while they raise funds for heart research, patient support and programs that help save lives.

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