Respiratory System Teacher Resources

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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 label parts of the human respiratory system on a diagram. They explain the function of diaphragm.
Respiratory systems are different in worms, fish, and human lungs, and each are explained by Paul Andersen with his fabulous SMART Board. How are these respiratory systems similar? Keeping breathing surfaces moist is essential in all these life forms. Andersen zooms in on the lungs and the movement of the diaphragm, looking even closer at the hemoglobin and exchange of chemicals.
For this circulatory and respiratory system, middle schoolers answer questions that describe the circulatory, respiratory, and lymphatic system and their functions. Students also fill in the blank about disorders of the given systems.
Students analyze the function of the lungs. In this lesson plan 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 plan.
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.
In this respiratory system worksheet, students review how the air passageways and lungs transport oxygen through the respiratory system. Students also review the mechanics of breathing. This worksheet has 6 multiple choice and 6 true or false questions.
Kids love superheroes, and for this assignment they create a comic about Captain Oxygen! Direct your class to make sure that their knowledge of the respiratory system is displayed through the dialogue. Note that though the publisher has designed this for middle schoolers, it may also be useful in an upper-elementary classroom. It is an adventurous conclusion to a lesson on how oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged in the human body! You may want to consider having individuals create their comic strips on separate pieces of paper because the accompanying boxes are a bit small.
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 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 explore the human anatomy. In this respiratory system activity, 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 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.
Young scholars experience what it feels like to strain for air in order to empathize with people who have asthma. They create a simple model of the respiratory system to measure the effect of narrowed airway channels.
Learners study the respiratory system, the lungs and air.  For this respiratory lesson students describe technologies that engineers have found that improve the health of the respiratory system. 
Pupils 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.