Blood Pressure Basics

Under pressure! The second lesson of the series introduces the class to blood pressure and the impact of high blood pressure on the cardiovascular system. It helps learners make the connection between blood pressure and how the heart valves work. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have students from a nursing class come and take pupils' blood pressure
  • Set up a closed system using tubing and a bulb to show the change in pressure when the bulb is compressed
Classroom Considerations
  • The pupils should already know how blood flows through the heart and how the heart operates to make that happen
Pros
  • The presentation has notes to help with background information
  • Resource uses the previous activity to frame the lesson and generate questions to answer during the lesson
Cons
  • The assessment section does not provide evidence on whether the pupils understand the concept