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Making Blood!
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The PBS series RED GOLD: THE EPIC STORY OF BLOOD examines blood from several angles, including its mystical and magical elements, its impact on war and its political implications. Underlying all of these themes is the fact that blood is a life force, and our knowledge and understanding of it has helped save countless lives. Central to our understanding of blood is its composition and this lesson will demonstrate the composition of whole blood, with students researching blood's components. They will use their math skills to recreate a model of whole blood using commonly found food items.

Grade Level:
Grades 5 - 7

Time Allotment:
1 to 1 1/2 weeks

Subject Matter:
Life Science: Blood
Math: Calculating Percentages

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the parts of whole blood.
  • Identify the percentages of each part of whole blood.
  • Calculate the weight needed for each model food substance to reflect the real percentages of the various components found in blood.
  • Identify the function of each part of blood.


National Standards: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning Life Sciences
Standard 5: Understands the structure and function of cells and organisms
Knows that multicellular organisms have a variety of specialized cells, tissues, organs and organ systems that perform specialized functions (e.g., digestion, respiration, reproduction, circulation, excretion, movement, control and coordination and protection from disease).

Technology Foundation Standards for Students
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems and are proficient in the use of technology. Students use technology to locate, evaluate and collect information from a variety of sources.

This lesson was prepared by: Bob Berwick