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Students examine breathing.  In this diaphragm lesson students complete a lab that shows them how lungs breathe.
Learners use their diaphragm to create vocal vibrations, vocal sounds, and project sounds through an open space. In this sounds lesson plan, students learn how to use their voices to project through an auditorium.
Students label parts of the human respiratory system on a diagram. They explain the function of diaphragm.
Fifth graders become familiar with how the diaphragm expands to draw air into our lungs and contracts to exhale carbon dioxide. They also label the major parts of the respiratory system through the use of interactive Internet research and video components.
Students study how lungs and a diaphragm work to make them breathe.  In this pollution lesson students build a lung model and learn three things they can do to protect themselves from the effects of fossil fuels. 
Students create a model of the lungs and diaphragm. In this breathing lesson, students create a model out of a plastic bottle and balloons. They see how the diaphragm helps to fill the lungs with air. 
Students make a model of their lungs using a plastic bottle, modeling clay, balloons, a straw and rubber bands to help demonstrate how the lungs and the diaphragm work. Students construct the model and test it following a brief discussion on lungs and the rib cage.
Students build a diaphragm and lung models. In this biology instructional activity, students determine how long they can hold their breath. They explain how lack of oxygen affects body processes.
Plenty of background information about how air pollution affects much more than just our lungs is included on this attractive handout. After reading, pupils make a working model of a lung and diaphragm. Junior physicians place a small piece of cotton in the lung to find out what happens. Since there is so much reading, consider creating a comprehension activity to make sure you class is absorbing the relevant information.
Take a deep breath and have your class construct working models of a lung! Using 500ml plastic bottles as the chest cavity, and balloons for the lung and the diaphragm, learners work in groups to make a model. The models help them to visualize how the diaphragm works to drop the pressure in the chest cavity, allowing for air to rush into the lung. For younger children, you could make one as a demonstration during a human body unit or as part of the intended air unit. For older children, have them bring a plastic bottle to class and make their own.
Children experience their expressive voice through movement. They discover exaggeration in writing by first exaggerating their voices and then their movements. They apply the concept of exaggeration to writing by creative movements that express a list of highly descriptive words. The activity is a wonderful way to actively engage the class prior to a writing lesson.
Students explain the mechanism of breathing. In this biology lesson, students compare lung capacities of people with different height and body types. They compare the classroom's surface area with that of the lungs.
In this biology worksheet, students focus upon the function of the pulmonary system and how gases are provided to the cells for cellular respiration.
Fifth graders label the parts of the respiratory system. They distinguish among the functions of its major organs. They construct a model of the respiratory system. They watch an animated video and utilize the Internet for research of the respiratory system.
Students investigate how pollution affects lung health. In this pollution and lung health lesson, students build lung models from a soda bottle and balloons, and then discuss how the emissions from fossil fuels can adversely affect lung health. They determine at least three things that they can do to protect themselves from lung disease.
The procedure for constructing a working model of the respiratory system is revealed in this resource. A wonderful approach would be to have biology learners work in pairs to create a model and write the suggested paragraph explaining how it works. Middle and high schoolers could include the differences in air pressure that are in action. Note that a mentioned puzzle is not included, but the value of this modeling activity is still high. 
In this biology worksheet, learners examine the internal functions of the human body while considering the factors needed to explain the physiological reactions.
This plan has a PowerPoint, and two handouts attached.  The concept is to clarify the structure and function of our respiratory system.  Your class will like the activity with balloons that demonstrates lung capacity and the model of the diaphragm muscle allowing the lungs to either fill or empty.
Students name the main components of the respiratory system. They write a reaction that contains complete sentences, and uses proper spelling and grammar, after viewing a video. Students define the following terms: lungs, respiration, involuntary vs. voluntary, diaphragm, inhalation, and exhalation. They describe how the respiratory system works and why it is important.
Students study the respiratory system, the lungs and air.  In this respiratory lesson students describe technologies that engineers have found that improve the health of the respiratory system. 

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