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December 03

Dr. Christian Barnard performed the first human heart transplant.

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Dr. Christian Barnard performed the first human heart transplant.

Grades K – 6
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event

 

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On this day in 1967, Dr. Christian N. Bernard performed the first human heart transplant. He also developed a new design for artificial heart valves.

 

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Chances are, every student in your class will know someone who has had heart problems. After discussing the causes of heart disease, talk about the role that diet and exercise can play in maintaining a healthy heart. Ask your students to go online and find healthy dessert recipes that do not involve cooking or to bring in magazines from home that include recipes for healthy desserts. You can also provide access to kid-friendly cookbooks, such as the Kids' Cookbook: All Recipes Made by Real Kids in Real Kitchens! (American Heart Association, 1993). After sharing their recipes, have students vote on which dessert will be made in class. Before eating the dessert, take your students on a brisk walk outdoors. If it's a rainy day, do some indoor aerobics to their favorite music.

 

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  • The Human Heart: An Online Exploration

    The Franklin Institute Online provides an interactive, multimedia learning experience about the heart. Visitors can hear the sound of a heart murmur, see photographs of the human heart, watch an echocardiography and open-heart surgery video, and learn how to monitor their hearts' health!

     

  • Changing Lifestyles and Heart Health

    This lesson plan from ScienceNetlinks has students examine changes in diet and lifestyle from prehistoric to modern times and how these differences have spurred the development (and better treatment) of heart disease.

     

  • Electric Heart

    On this website developed by NOVA Online, visitors have the opportunity to perform a virtual heart transplant. After the operation, students will have a pretty good idea of how surgeons perform heart transplants.

     

  • The Healthy Fridge

    Research has shown that heart disease begins in childhood. Parents, teachers, and students will benefit from the information on this website.

     

  • American Heart Association: For the Classroom

    The American Heart Association offers dozens of lesson plans, activities, and other resources for teaching about heart health.

     

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