Respiratory System Teacher Resources
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How the Body Works - Lungs
Take a breather while your class takes in this information on the respiratory system. The roles of the lungs, diaphragm, bronchioles, and alveoli, are explained by a casual radio announcer as listeners call in to ask questions. The creator of the video also has a reading article, assessments, worksheets, and even a written lesson plan for this topic!
5 mins 4th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Human Body Series - Respiratory System
Elementary schoolers play a respiratory relay toss in order to take in the respiratory system! They also create their own question cards based on several kid-friendly online articles about breathing and the health of the lungs. They use their cards to play a board game, Take a Breath!
3rd - 5th Science CCSS: Adaptable
The Respiratory System
Written for a college-level human biology course, this instructional activity provides an in-depth review of the respiratory system. Twenty-two questions are available for learners to answer, covering everything from respiratory structure to respiratory infections.
11th - Higher Ed Science
The Human Body
An incredible series of lessons on the human body is here for you! Young scientists explore various websites, construct a skeleton using macaroni, compare/contrast a frog skeleton to a human skeleton, label the main parts of the human body, and create a clay model heart.
1st - 3rd Science
Teacher's Guide: Asthma (PreK to 2)
Students explore asthma. In 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.
Pre-K - 2nd Science
Air, Air Everywhere! Lesson 2: Acid Rain
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.
7th - 8th Health
Particles: Size Makes All the Difference
High schoolers plot particle sizes of common airborne materials on a log scale. They read an article on particle size and its relationship to the ability to pass through the lungs, into the bloodstream, and eventually into the cells of the body.
9th - 12th Science
Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
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.
Heart and Lungs
With a partner, youngsters measure their pulse and breathing rates, both at rest and after running in place for a minute. While this activity is not novel, the lesson plan includes a large-scale classroom graphing activity and other resources that bring in an interdisciplinary aspect.
K - 6th Science
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.
2nd - 5th Science
How Breathing Works
The ins and outs of breathing are explained in this fresh film. Simple and straightforward narration accompanies colorful animation to show how breathing is controlled and how it can be altered. This would not only be useful during a human body unit in a biology class, but also informational for a physical fitness class, in particular before doing yoga.
5 mins 5th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Respiratory System Crossword
Are you looking for a body systems crossword for the respiratory system portion of your unit? Here is one with 24 terms to fill in, mostly identifying structures of the respiratory system. You will find this appropriate for middle schoolers or beginning high school biology learners.
5th - 8th Science
AP: Chapter 42: Circulation & Gas Exchange
Immerse biology learners in circulation and gas exchange for both simple organisms and higher animals. Six pages of short-answer questions and labelling of the human respiratory system are included. This assignment was written for an advanced placement biology course and zeroes in on the relationship between the circulatory and respiratory systems.
9th - Higher Ed Science