Teacher Resource Kit
Learning to Save Lives is an initiative from Canadian Blood Services that was developed to support elementary or secondary school educators by providing information that can be used in instruction/learning about concepts related to blood, stem cells, and tissue and organ donations.
This learning resource is to help young people develop an awareness of the importance of contributing to ‘human sustainability.’ The intent is to encourage learners to be involved proactively both in promoting this social responsibility to others (family, friends, peers, ...) and in becoming donors when they are of age to do so.
The teacher component is designed to support learning through inquiry, an approach that promotes critical thinking and results in application of the learning. It is flexibly designed so that teachers from a range of grade levels and disciplines in elementary and secondary classrooms can use the package or any aspect of it to enhance their programs of study as suits the needs of their learners.
Students will learn...
Blood - The Liquid of Life
The information sheet contains facts about each of the four components of human blood: red blood cells, white blood cell, platelets, and plasma. Blood groups and types are explained and matching of blood types is presented in an easy-to-access chart.
Basic information about the importance of blood donation, how blood donations are used, and the blood donation process are included.
Stem Cells – The Body’s Replenishing Tools
The information sheet identifies what stem cells are and diseases that are treated with stem cell transplants. A stem cell transplant and stem cell matching are explained. There is information about umbilical cord blood, one of the three sources of stem cells.
Basic information about the importance of stem cell and cord blood donation, how these donations are used, and the donation process for each are included.
Tissue and Organs – Building Blocks of the Human Body
The information sheet defines the terms tissues and organs. For each type of tissue or organ, there is a description of its function within the human body and the importance of transplants.
Living and deceased donations and what a medical match is are explained as is the donation process.
Social Responsibility – Human Sustainability
This information sheet links the blood-related topics to ethics and a call to action for learners to promote the importance of donations and to be actively involved with donations when are they are old enough.
To highlight the need for donations on a personal level, there are links where learners can read stories about people who have benefited from various types of donations. Other links provide information on how learners can be involved in the donation process.
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