Respiratory System Teacher Resources

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Students label parts of the human respiratory system on a diagram. They explain the function of diaphragm.
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.
Students analyze the function of the lungs. In this lesson 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 lesson.
Students build a model of the respiratory system. They measure the amount of air that can be forced out of the lungs, and demonstrate that carbon dioxide is exhaled from the body.
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! The templates for the relay and board game cards are included in this document, as well as the game board itself. Be aware that the title for the article, "Looking at Your Lungs" has not been updated on the document even though it has been on the host website. The video has also been updated and is no longer titled, Respiratory System (Movie). Consider bookmarking the URLs to minimize confusion, but don't let it detract you from making use of these terrific resources!
Students research the respiratory system and the diseases that affect it. They construct a model of a pair of working lungs and develop an experiment that will decrease lung addition, they create a portfolio of their findings.
Students explore asthma.  In this respiratory system and asthma activity, 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 explore the human anatomy. In this respiratory system lesson, students conduct an experiment to simulate the capacity of human lungs. 
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.
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 examine why food is important and name the parts of the digestive system.  In this investigative lesson students define respiration and draw and label the parts of the respiratory system.
Fifth graders label the parts of the respiratory system. They distinguish among the functions of its major organs. They construct a model of the respiratory system. They watch an animated video and utilize the Internet for research of the respiratory system.
Students study the parts of the human respiratory system while examining the gas exchange that takes place in the lungs. They make a model lung. They look at how the respiratory system is affected by spaceflight.
Students examine and research the organs of the respiratory system. They participate in a vocabulary card matching game, create a graphic organizer, and participate in an experiment titled, Floating on Air.
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.
Learners learn about the human respiratory system. In this pollution lesson, students identify the parts of the respiratory system and what happens to them when they breathe in polluted air. Learners learn about the importance of government in addressing the issue of pollution.
Students examine the inhalation and exhalation process. They create a model pair of lungs from given materials. They discover the technology that has been developed based on engineers examining the respiratory system.
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.
Students construct an 'edible' map of the respiratory system using different foods. They follow along with the teacher and place foods on their map to symbolize the different parts (licorice to represent the trachea). They eat their maps.
Students create a simulated lung to explore its functions as part of the respiratory system.