The circulatory system, made up of arteries and veins, pushes nutrients between the cells in the body and helps them to properly function. This system not only provides blood to the rest of the body but also oxygen.
The heart pumps blood and other nutrients throughout the circulatory system. Once the blood moves through the entire body, the circulatory system passes it back to the heart where it starts all over again. This process takes only about 60 seconds.
The following links will provide resources for teaching children all about the circulatory system and human heart. These include interactive activities and worksheets for children as well as lesson plans and ideas for teachers.
Your Circulatory System: Explains what the circulatory system is and how the heart works.
The Circulatory System: Describes how the heart acts as a muscle and what makes it beat.
Fast Facts: Provides 53 different facts about the human body including the circulatory system.
How Blood Gets Around: This article and accompanying diagrams show how blood moves throughout the body.
Overview and Quiz: Describes the circulatory system and provides a quiz at the end to test your knowledge.
How Blood Works: Provides examples of how the main part of the circulatory system, blood, works.
Learn About Your Heart: This interactive website helps teach kids about his or her heart.
How the Heart Works: Provides an easy to understand diagram explaining how the heart works.
A Heart Movie: This website not only provides an article explaining about the heart but also an entertaining animated movie for kids to watch.
The History of the Heart: Primarily for older kids or teens. This article explains the history of the human heart and its study
Heart and Circulatory System Video: This short video explains how this organ and system work including a transcript for easy lesson planning.
Bones: Bones and muscles protect the heart—this interactive website describes how the bones in the human body are connected and allows kids to put them together like a puzzle.
Printables: Offers a multitude of printable worksheets, quizzes and coloring pages on the human heart, body and circulatory system.
How to Teach: Provides some tips for teaching the circulatory system to kids.
Power Through the Human Systems: This lab helps teachers to explain the entire human body in a fun and interactive way.
Make Your Own Worksheet: Allows teachers to make their own match-up work sheets about the circulatory system.
Human Body Lesson Plans: Provides free lesson plans for subjects about the human body.
How does the Heart work?: Teaches young children all about the human heart.
Human Body Lessons and Units: Offers different resources for teachers with focus on the human body.
Experiment Plans: Offers ideas for experiments to teach students about different parts of the human body.
Lesson Plan Examples: Provides an example of a lesson plan to teach students about the human brain.
Written by Sarah Gehrke, MSN, RN and last updated Apr 23, 2017
Last reviewed by Jay Frank Vijar on Sep 12, 2016