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Students research selected Internet sites to become familiar with the parts and functions of the respiratory system. In this respiratory system instructional activity, students answer discussion questions about the respiratory system. Students participate in respiratory system activities including a board game and relay toss.
Eighth graders are able to write a paragraph describing each system based on the information retrieved in class. They trace a route from Holly Springs, MS to Greenwood using the maps that they were given. Students discuss the role of the circulatory system in the body and the role of the respiratory system is to provide oxygen to the body by breathing in air and getting rid of carbon dioxide.
Third graders explore the components of the respiratory system. In this respiratory lesson, 3rd graders watch a video and participate in a classroom demonstration on the respiratory system. Students label the parts of the respiratory system and explore how oxygen travels throughout the human body.
Students analyze the function of the lungs. In this instructional activity about the Respiratory System, students explore breathing and the movement of air through the lungs. Students perform an 4 part experiment to observe what it might look like for oxygen to move through the lungs, and what carbon dioxide is. Students will be able to explain the process performed by the Respiratory System at the end of this instructional activity.
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.
Middle school environmentalists record the pH of four different liquids, including two aerosol cleaning products. They liken the products to acid rain and speculate in writing which might affect the human respiratory system. Although this is a simple lesson, it is valuable in helping learners make connections between the products we use and the impacts on the environment and health. You will find complete background information and a lab sheet provided for your convenience.
Fifth graders explore the respiratory system. In this human biology lesson, 5th graders visit the "BodyQuest" website to identify the pathway of a breath of air. Students create a pie chart comparing the contents of inhaled air versus exhaled air. Students create a model of a respiratory system by using balloons and a cup.
Students explore asthma. For this respiratory system and asthma lesson, students identify the body parts related to the respiratory system and explain each part's function. Students construct a 3-D replica of the respiratory system using a variety of pastas. Students discuss environmental factors that "trigger" asthma and other respiratory diseases.
Students investigate inhalation and exhalation of the respiratory system. They construct a model of the respiratory system using balloons, straws, cups, and rubber bands. Then, they observe inhalation and exhalation and measure the volume of air exhaled. The lesson concludes with learners answer 11 follow-up questions that require them to document the results of their experiment.
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.
Fourth graders identify respiration as the process of taking in oxygen and ridding the body of carbon dioxide. After engaging in the lesson, learners should be able to identify the parts of the respiratory system including; the nose, pharynx, larynx, trachea, lungs, bronchi, bronchioles, diaphragm, and alveoli. The path of oxygen is traced as it goes through the body, and the danger of inhaling cigarette smoke is discussed,