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Blood Clotting Study

Kit #2
Blood Clotting Study

The ability of blood to coagulate prevents excessive bleeding from minor wounds. This process is essential for survival. Using actual samples of students’ blood, students observe the formation of fibrin threads under the microscope, measure clotting times and bleeding times, and observe the effects of calcium on blood clotting.

Details at a Glance

  • 1-2 Days | 1-2 ~50 minute class periods
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates 5 classes, each with 8 groups of 4 students
  • Consumables service 160 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • Includes digital resources

Scientific Concepts

  • The ability blood to coagulate prevents excessive bleeding from minor wounds.
  • Coagulation occurs because of the formation of fibrin threads.
  • Platelets and calcium are key ingredients needed for coagulation to occur.
  • KEY VOCABULARY: coagulation/clotting, fibrin, platelets

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 1 Teacher’s Guide with MSDS
  • 50 Student Guides
  • 50 Capillary tubes
  • 30 Microscope slides
  • 50 Alcohol pads, pre-saturated
  • 50 Absorbent paper pieces
  • 50 Lancets, sterile, disposable
  • 1 Saline-Citrate solution, 7mL
  • 50 Toothpick
  • 1 Calcium carbonate solution, 7 mL
  • Not included and needed for instruction: Microscope.