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Lesson Plan 2

Uncovering the History and Science of Blood

Grade Level: Middle School

Overview

In this lesson students will learn about blood types, blood transfusions, and scientists who have furthered our knowledge about blood. They will research blood donation, learn new concepts and vocabulary, and create a skit based on key historical figures who have helped society unlock the mysteries of blood.

Subject Area: Language Arts, Science

Learning Objectives:

1. Students will learn new concepts and vocabulary on the topic of blood.

2. Students will conduct Internet research to gather information.

3. Students will critically evaluate varied information sources.

4. Students will learn about blood types and Rh factors.

5. Students will prepare a chart summarizing information on blood donation.

6. Students will create a concept map illustrating the process of blood transfusion.

7. Students will create a skit based on their research on historical figures that have impacted society's knowledge of blood.

Bookmark the following sites:

http://sln.fi.edu/biosci/blood/platelet.html
http://sln.fi.edu/biosci/blood/plasma.html
http://sln.fi.edu/biosci/blood/white.html
http://sln.fi.edu/biosci/blood/red.html
http://library.thinkquest.org/C0115080/?c=blood
http://sln.fi.edu/biosci/blood/types.html

Standards:

Language Arts

Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=7&StandardID=1

Writes biographical sketches (e.g., illustrates the subject's character using narrative and descriptive strategies such as relevant dialogue, specific action, physical description, background description, and comparison or contrast to other people; reveals the significance of the subject to the writer; presents details in a logical manner)

Gathers and uses information for research purposes
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Standard.asp?SubjectID=7

Uses a variety of resource materials to gather information for research topics (e.g., magazines, newspapers, dictionaries, schedules, journals, phone directories, globes, atlases, almanacs)

Determines the appropriateness of an information source for a research topic

Organizes information and ideas from multiple sources in systematic ways (e.g., time lines, outlines, notes, graphic representations)

Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=7&StandardID=9

Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp?SubjectID=7&StandardID=7

Summarizes and paraphrases information in texts (e.g., arranges information in chronological, logical, or sequential order; conveys main ideas, critical details, and underlying meaning; uses own words or quoted materials; preserves author's perspective and voice)

Uses new information to adjust and extend personal knowledge base