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Young scholars examine breathing.  In this diaphragm lesson students complete a lab that shows them how lungs breathe.
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. 
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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
In this mammals activity, students read about 3 mammal characteristics: endotherm, diaphragm, and mammary glands. Students use this information to complete 4 short answer questions.
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. 
Young scholars build a diaphragm and lung models. In this biology lesson, students determine how long they can hold their breath. They explain how lack of oxygen affects body processes.
Young scholars use their diaphragm to create vocal vibrations, vocal sounds, and project sounds through an open space. For this sounds lesson plan, students learn how to use their voices to project through an auditorium.
Respiratory systems are different in worms, fish, and human lungs, and each are explained by Paul Andersen with his fabulous SMART Board. How are these respiratory systems similar? Keeping breathing surfaces moist is essential in all these life forms. Andersen zooms in on the lungs and the movement of the diaphragm, looking even closer at the hemoglobin and exchange of chemicals.
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 worksheet to make sure you class is absorbing the relevant information.
The oxygen needed by our bodies to burn during respiration of glucose is obtained by ventilation. The anatomical structures involved in gaseous exchange are drawn and labeled. The explanations are excellent for a review, or for a student with no prior knowledge. This is a detailed and lengthy video.
Written as a reading guide, this collection of 25 questions will query anatomy and physiology learners on the ins and outs of the respiratory system. Learners will take a deep breath as they dive into the organs involved and the mechanisms for oxygenation of the blood. You will find this most appropriate for an advanced high-school or college-level anatomy or biology course.
Five questions are presented and answered as a means of delivering information on the respiratory system. Using red and blue game chips, physiology learners model the movement of blood through the lungs. Groups of learners time how long each can hold his breath, deplete their oxygen supply by breathing into a bag, and then repeat the test. Caution: Be aware of the maturity and emotional state of participants if you are considering this lab activity with your class as the danger of fainting is present.
In this respiratory system worksheet, students review how the air passageways and lungs transport oxygen through the respiratory system. Students also review the mechanics of breathing. This worksheet has 6 multiple choice and 6 true or false questions.
In this respiration worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle by figuring out the vocabulary words associated with the 16 clues given.
In this respiratory system worksheet, students label the parts of the respiratory system shown in the given diagram. Then they write the name of the structure described on the line. Students also determine the difference between inhale and exhale and list some examples.

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