Heart Anatomy for Remote Learners

This version of the heart anatomy labeling was designed for remote learners so they could practice on their laptops or devices. Students in the past have used paper versions of this activity. The heart image was modified from a Wikimedia commons file where I removed the labels and added box text fields. Most students do not have too much trouble labeling the heart, but can get confused on the left and right sides. This slide does not include the path of blood flow, though students could be asked to add those arrows onto the image.

Generally, I have students do these types of practice after we have gone over the heart in class. I also can use this for reinforcement the next day before we move on to other activities. This year, due to having remote learners, I converted my presentation slides to interactive slides. This allows students to follow along with the presentation and fill in blanks or label diagrams from home or from in class using their Chromebooks.

Other Resources

My future classes will probably use many of these resources because it does save paper and printing time, and students have devices. Paper versions will have their place though, as some students seem to work better on paper. Paper handouts also eliminate the distractions that come with students opening devices. The original heart labeling has boxes for students to fill in. The first page has a word bank and the second page does not have a word bank. This allows for scaffolding difficulty levels. Both versions are good complements to examinations of a heart model or a heart dissection.

The unit moves forward with the Baby Lucas Case Study on a baby born with a heart defect. I created based on a friend’s story, her baby was born with stenosis of the aorta and had to have surgery shortly after birth. I modified the original this year to work with remote learners.


Basically, the story is broken down into slides with questions and labeling tasks. The answer key for the original version is available at TpT, though the remote version has some minor modifications. As always, you are welcome to change my versions to suit your classroom needs. To edit documents (or to assign them), you will need to copy it to your own drive.

I also created a virtual dissection of the heart for students who are at home. Each slide has a photo of the heart with a description and a task. Tasks include labeling the photo or answering questions and making observations.

If the case study is too long or too difficult, you can try this shorter study that compares swimmers to runners. “Heart of a Swimmer vs Heart of a Runner” is an article reading that has questions for each section. The print version will work for remote learners also. I will sometimes add text fields for the remote learners to remind them where to fill in answers.