Grade Levels: 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Circulatory System, and supports the standard of using evidence to argue how animals have internal structures that support survival. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Ask students: 

  • How does blood travel around your body? 
  • Why does blood need to circulate through the body? 


  • Read the description on the Circulatory System topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the three Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about the circulatory system while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Imagine you are a red blood cell. Document your journey delivering oxygen to the brain. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Compare and contrast coronary circulation, pulmonary circulation, and systemic circulation. (Essential  Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts representing each component of the cardiovascular system’s role in circulation. (Essential Skill:Acquire and use domain-specific words and phrases)
  • Primary Source Activity: Analyze an illustration of the circulatory system and cite evidence to answer accompanying questions. (Essential Literacy Skill: Cite specific evidence to support conclusions drawn)


Apply: Students take the Circulatory System Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Circulatory System Quiz

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Guts and Bolts: Learn about the interplay of human body systems in this interactive game.

Body Systems Unit: Continue to build understanding around survival-supporting structures by exploring more BrainPOP body systems topics. 

Additional Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments