Circulation Pathway (middle school)


Jim Holland, Educator & Author, from Arlington, TX has provided this deck and science activity for middle school.

In this activity, students sequence the pathway of blood flow through the body by arranging cards in a clockwise sequence. Then, students demonstrate their understanding of oxygen levels in the blood by changing each card’s color according to the amount of oxygen present in each stage.


  1. Open the Circulation Pathway deck in the iCardSort application.
  2. Drag the cards to sequence them according to pathway of blood flow through the body. Start with the right atrium at the top and work around in a clockwise direction.
  3. Once you have the cards sequenced, change the color of each card according to this key: Red = oxygen-rich Blue= oxygen-deprived Purple = site of oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange
  4. Add a green card to the deck and place it in the center of the circle of arranged cards. Enter your name and class period number on the card.

Click here for detailed student directions


iSequence Apptivity



This idea and deck come from Lisa Johnson at She hopes to use it at various campuses and I’m really excited to hear about someone using iCardSort on a large scale basis.

In her blog post she writes:

In an effort to incorporate the iPads into small group intervention stations for middle school math, I spent a few hours collaborating with Cheryl Mutz, an NEISD district Math Instructional Specialist, to create an apptivity to support the study of sequences in 8th Math. The intervention apptivity would be used in a small group setting (two students to an iPad) and the students would have 30-45 minutes to complete the task. …



iCardSort_Sequences_Recording Sheet






This deck is from 2nd grade teacher Ms. Carnazzo. She writes:

My class had been studying motion in science and had recently completed an empirical experiment to see which type of motion different items would show. After students completed the appropriate activity, they used iCardSort to group items to see what properties (e.f. bounce, spin, slide, roll) items in each group had in common. Students wanted to show that some items could be cleverly classified in more than one group so some are on the lines overlapping 2 groups. Students then brilliantly brainstormed other items that they thought would fit in the different groups. The pretty bright pink cards are their additional ideas.