Learning about the circulatory system is always exciting for students, and now, learning about blood types is about to level up in the engagement department as well! Use any of these activities as the basis for your lesson, or as a supplemental activity to bring blood to life! With the help of our collection of activities, your students will learn about the different blood types, will explore sensory activities, and will try out some blood typing simulations!
1. Make a Blood Model
Using items from around your house, like corn starch, lima beans, lentils, and candy, make your own blood model. This fake blood model is not only an activity that students will love, but it will bring blood to life!
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2. Watch a Video
This informative and engaging video discusses antigens and antibodies that form in blood cells. Students will learn a ton from this video, including understanding a compatible blood chart.
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3. Watch a Brain Pop Video
Brain Pop is always a great way to introduce a topic. Let Tim and Moby explain the basics of blood type, and know that your students are getting great information!
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4. Do a Blood Type Simulation
This activity will capture the attention of your students. In this simulation, students will walk through a virtual blood typing game by preparing a virtual blood sample and adding test solutions to each. Follow up with some post-activity questions to assess learning.
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5. Do a Blood Type Lab Test
This is another blood typing lab test that will engage students. In this lab activity, students will be given a scenario: two soon-to-be parents who are having their blood tested. Using virtual blood samples, students will be able to analyze their blood types
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6. Do a Blood Type Escape Room
Escape rooms are engaging and educational. This ready-to-go escape room requires students to make connections with content knowledge to solve the clues. They’ll need to know blood types, information about blood cells, and heart anatomy.
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7. Create a Blood Anchor Chart
Have students create anchor charts using their knowledge of blood. This could include the types, information on different blood disorders, and blood donation compatibility. Provide them with a mentor chart to model theirs after and once these charts are completed, hang them in your classroom so students can refer to them throughout the learning process.
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8. Explore 3D Blood Cells
This website is incredible and will engage students like no other! Explore blood cells in 3D, view blood smears, find links to blood in literature, and more. Compiled by hematologists, biologists, and physiologists, along with historians of medicine. This high-quality information will supplement any lesson on blood.
9. Create a Blood Sensory Bin
Using items like red water beads, ping pong balls, and red craft foam, you can create a sensory bin based on blood. Perfect for a sensory activity, or for tactile learners, this blood type model will bring content to life.
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10. Do a Blood Type Pedigree Lab
How about getting your students excited about blood by doing a lab? For this, you’ll need common materials, and students will draw upon their knowledge of blood types and Punnett squares.
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11. Research What your Blood Type Says About You
This is a fun, mini-research activity. Have students research what their blood type says about them! There are plenty of articles to get them started, and it will be fun for them to compare and contrast their personalities with what the articles are saying!
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12. Solve a Murder Case with Blood
This pre-made activity is great and requires little prep. Students will learn about forensic blood typing, how to test for blood, read blood test results, and will work on solving a murder. To get kids excited, this game is perfect!
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