blood, abo blood group, blood group, antigen, red blood cell, blood type
Antigens, Cell membrane components, ABO blood group, ABO blood types, Carbohydrates, Rh factor, Components of blood
Process Skills Utilized
Constructing, Analyzing, Sequencing, Differentiating
Intended Grade Level - 6-10
Working in collaborative groups, students will be able to:
Examine the ABO blood groups and antigens present on the surface of red blood cells
Identify the antigens that make each blood type unique
Construct a model of antigens involved in ABO blood group
Present their models to the class
Follow written directions and complete a given task
Students will create a “Hey, What's Your Type” Wheel to explore the ABO blood groups. Using the wheel and an antigen template page students will construct the antigens responsible for the ABO blood group.
Activity Materials (per group)
copy of Student Activity Page per group of 4
1 copy of the Template Page copied onto colored paper if possible per student
1 copy of the Student Data Page per student
1 pair scissors per student
3 (6-inch) craft sticks per student
1 ruler per student
1 brad per student
Activity Management Suggestions
For students needing more assistance: Group these students with peers who can assist them during the activity. Check often for understanding.
For highly able students: Allow these students to do research on the carbohydrate structures that make up the ABO and Rh antigens. Students may also be grouped with other students to provide peer assistance.
Students can research Rh antigens and create a lesson or template showing how these factors provide different markers for the red blood cells.
Blood Book website:
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
PBS Red Gold Website: