STEM & Maker Activity 16

Heart Anatomy + Quiz
Supplies, instructions, resources, and worksheets are below!

The Human Heart

Project Description
Your heart is really a muscle. It’s located a little to the left of the middle of your chest, and it’s about the size of your fist. The heart muscle is special because of what it does. The heart sends blood around your body. The blood provides your body with the oxygen and nutrients it needs. It also carries away waste. Your heart is sort of like a pump, or two pumps in one. The right side of your heart receives blood from the body and pumps it to the lungs. The left side of the heart does the exact opposite: It receives blood from the lungs and pumps it out to the body. In this project, you’ll learn how the heart works and how to take your heart rate.

Activity Time
1-3 days

Supplies Recommended
Investigative Worksheet
Stop watch or clock with second hand

Learning Objectives
Understand how the human heart works
Learn how to take your pulse to find your heart rate
Understand how activity, such as exercise, changes your heart rate

Vocabulary Terms to Understand
Look up each word and write their definition on paper.
blood pressure

Videos to Watch:

1. Print the Investigative Worksheet.
2. Learn how to check your pulse (your heart rate)
3. Draw a table on the back of your Investigative Worksheet to track your heart rate for up to 3 days. On the first day, run in place for one minute, then take your heart rate and write it on your Investigative Worksheet. On the second day, run in place for 2 minutes, then check your heart rate. On the third day, run in place for 3 minutes, then check your heart rate. Write each one on your Investigative Worksheet.
4. Study the diagram below, and take the Quiz when you’re ready:

5. Print, label the parts of the heart: Heart Worksheet Page

What does the human heart do?
What is a heart rate?
How does the human heart work?

More Resources
Facts About the Heart for Kids
Duckster: Blood and the Heart
New World Encyclopedia: Human Heart
Wikipedia: The Human Heart
The Circulatory System
About the Cardiovascular System
Heart Rate
The Human Heart Word Search – Printable