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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.
Here is a lab activity where teens experience the respiratory system first-hand as they dissect lungs and identify key structures within the system. Although the website is written in British English with some slightly different verbiage and spellings than American English, the worksheet is a Word document, so you can change the spelling if needed.
Students investigate the negative effects of smoking on the lungs. They discuss the function of the lungs, identify the various damaging effects of smoking, and conduct a demonstration of how difficult it is to breathe if their lungs fill with tar by breathing through a straw while holding their nose.
Pupils illustrate the chronic lung conditions associated with smoking and write a persuasive argument against smoking. In this lung disease lesson, students use straws and balloons to illustrate the problems created by smoking. They write a persuasive argument against smoking.
Third graders explore the respiratory system by inspecting all of the parts and how it works. They experience the power of their lungs by breathing in and out while their hands are on their chests. Each one then participates in an activity that shows how the respiratory system works.
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.
Here is the 2nd of 10 lessons on soccer. These lessons not only focus on skills but also on some of the social issues regarding the sport. The skills lessons seem to be created around the premise that the youngsters already have some basic foundational soccer skills, allowing them go to the next level. Lesson two adds more dribbling skills such as lunge, scissors, and rivelino. There are a couple of drills set up in this lesson to practice these newly learned evasive dribbling skills.
Here is an interesting and engaging lesson on the lungs and the respiratory system. In it, fourth graders should gain a better understanding of how the lungs work and the role they play in supporting life. Some good, in-class partner activities regarding heartbeat and pulse are especially rich.
Why is breathing so difficult for asthma sufferers? To find out, learners build their own lung models in the investigation (from a British website, hence the term ventilation system instead of respiratory system). Using different-sized tubes to represent normal bronchi and the bronchi of an asthmatic, young scientists examine why it is so much easier to breathe with an unobstructed airway.