Investigating the Heart

Designed as mini-inquiry project, the grade eight students at Dr. A.E. Perry School set out to discover exactly what makes them tick. We started our inquiry just as we should: by asking some good questions. Our goal was to initially find answers to the following questions:

1. How exactly does the heart muscle function?

2. How can doctors treat a sick heart?

3. How does one preform a heart transplant?

We began our research process by visiting the NOVA Online “Cut to the Heart” website to gain insight. Then we completed a virtual heart transplant, which students found both interesting and useful. Students who enjoyed the heart transplant software also opted to try a virtual hip and knee replacement!

With the students begging to learn more about the heart, a special field trip to the Saskatchewan Science Centre was arranged. There the students enthusiastically dissected and inspected pig hearts.

See all the photos from the project!


Posted on January 7, 2010, in My Classroom, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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