Components of Blood
The student will identify the four components of blood and theirrelative amounts. The student will understand the function of eachblood component.
- Candy red hots
- Corn syrup
- White jellybeans or marshmallows
- Candy sprinkles
- Explain the four components of blood:
- Red blood cells (candy red hots): 44% of blood volume, carry oxygen and carbon dioxide around body. RBC's only live for about 3 months, but are continuously produced in the bone marrow.
- Plasma (corn syrup): 55%, syrups, thick, clear, yellowish liquid that carries dissolved food and wastes.
- White blood cells (white jelly beans or marshmallows): 0.5%, bigger than red blood cells, oddly shaped cells that "eat" bits of old blood cells and attack germs.
- Platelets: 0.5% -bits of cells and cytoplasm that help clot your blood.
- Emphasize the relative amounts of the blood components. Mix the candy "blood" in a large, clear container. Dispense into small cups, and pass out one cup to each student. Supply spoons so that the students can eat the candy if they desire.
Interesting Fact: There are 5 million red blood cells, 10 thousand white blood cells, and 250 thousand platelets in a pinhead-size drop of blood.
Additional InfoLesson adapted from http://student.biology.arizona.edu/sciconn and submitted by Kathy Searle.
- Visual Learners Rejoice Review by SuzanneRN
As a nurse, used this as a demonstration to introduce a class of 4th graders to blood products. This was GREAT. We did not pass it around to eat, but it was a very good visual tool! Thanks!
(Posted on August 20, 2012)
- Awesome Review by Abbie Parker
This is sooooo cool!
(Posted on February 1, 2010)