Let’s talk about hearts for Valentine’s Day! This Digital Library Lesson introduces elementary students to the human heart and tips for keeping it healthy. Includes fun facts, trivia questions, and booktalks.
Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!
: Google Slides OR Microsoft PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents
This lesson has 63 slides, and it includes:
- All text is ; you choose which slides you want to use.
- 20 slides are for the lesson and/or class discussion
- that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
- List of 14 to accompany this lesson.
- The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for high-quality, interesting books related to the theme of hearts.
- and lesson plan (2 pages)
- of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for storytime on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
- Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
- Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for scrolling slides (2 pages, PDF)
20 Whole Class Lesson Slides include:
- slide and how-to sign video link – “heart”
- A guided discussion of human hearts, including: location, that all humans have a heart in the same location, heartbeats, heart rate, how exercise affects heart rate, and tips for keeping your heart healthy.
- Every slide in the presentation is , high-resolution clipart and photos.
39 Scrolling Slides include:
- Fun facts and trivia about whale hearts, the heart-shaped ice lake on Pluto, candy hearts, insect hearts, and heart-healthy foods.
- Vocabulary words: arteries and cardiac
- Description of arteries and veins and the difference between the two. Includes basic information about the aorta and inferior vena cava, plus a simple explanation of why some human blood is blue and other blood is red.
- 14 visual ; includes picture books, fiction novels, nonfiction/biographies, and poetry.
- 2 library review questions – where to find heart books in the library; using the encyclopedia to find “heart”
- “Would You Rather?” and “This or That” question slides
- This week’s birthdays, weekly and daily agenda slides
IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the heart-themed picture books are NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book. If your library owns an interactive ebook that has audio read-aloud, you could also share how to read or access it through your online catalog or ebook management platform.
AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text.
- Inquire – C.1. – D.1.
- Collaborate – A.2. – D.1.
- Explore – A.1.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
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Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
© Copyright 2019 Texas Education Agency.
- TEKS SCI.3.10.A
- TEKS SCI.3.10.B.
- TEKS SCI.4.10.A.
- TEKS SCI.5.10.A.
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