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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 how pollution affects lung health. For 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.
Sixth graders explore measuring lung capacity. For this respiratory system lesson, 6th graders conduct an experiment on their fellow class mates that measures how much air capacity their lungs have. Students record and graph the data collected.
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. 
For this lung capacity worksheet, students use straws, funneling, liquids, tubing, and more to test their lung capacity. Students follow 14 sets of directions and analyze their data.
Students simulate breathing for a smoker and someone with a chronic lung disease. In this health science lesson, students examine the short and long term effects of smoking. They write a persuasive argument against it.
Students explore tobacco smoking and the impact it has on society.  For this health lesson students complete several experiments on smoking and lung cancer.
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.
Young scholars explain the parts of the body that are involved in breathing and explore lung function.  In this model lung lesson students make a model of a lung then interpret and explain it. 
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 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. 
Middle schoolers 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.
The plan is to have adolescents work in groups to reserach the effects of smoking cigarettes on the lungs. Once they have collected information, they create a presentation to share with the rest of the class. This is part health lesson plan and part technology skills practice. 
Students explore one's lung capacity, the human body, displacing volume of water with volume of air and spirometer use. Using simple math, students figure out their lung capacity by breathing into a bottle filled with water and measuring the volume of water displaced.
Young scholars gain an understanding of the respiratory system. For this biology lesson plan, students demonstrate how air enters and leaves the lungs, and explore the relationship between breathing rate and exercise.
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.
Students study the function of lungs. In this lung function lesson, students complete an experiment using balloons to study the way lungs work. Students study a diagram of their lungs and make a hypothesis for their lung capacity experiment. Students test their hypothesis.
Students create a simulated lung to explore its functions as part of the respiratory system.
Students determine their lung capacity by completing a science experiment with a bottle of water. In this lung science lesson, students discuss the lungs' purpose. Students complete an experiment to determine their lung capacity using a water filled bottle.

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