Objective: Children will identify the location, size, and feeling of their heart.
Note: Prior to beginning the lesson, record each child’s name on the chart paper. Make two columns to record their resting heartbeat and their active heartbeat.
Your heart is a special muscle near the center of your chest that pumps blood through your body. The blood gives your body oxygen and nutrients that it needs. Your heart works like a pump. It fills up with blood; then it squeezes to push the blood out and let more blood in. The movement of the blood through your heart and around your body is called circulation.
Even though your heart is inside your body, you can feel it working by feeling your pulse. Your pulse can be felt on your neck or your wrist. Your pulse keeps the same beat as your heart. When you exercise, your heart beats faster to carry oxygen to other parts of your body. Because your heart is beating faster, your pulse will be faster.
If children have difficulty finding their pulse, have them use a stethoscope to listen to their heartbeat.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.