Asthma: Grades 6-8

Two activities teach middle schoolers about asthma and how it can affect people's lives. After reading a series of articles and watching two videos that provide background information about asthma, pupils design an interactive game that teaches players about asthma. Also, individuals write and illustrate a news story about what happens inside the bronchial tubes of a person having an asthma flare-up.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite a game developer to speak with the class about key features of interactive game design
  • Offer class members the option of working independently on their interactive game or with a group
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires computers with internet access
  • Be sensitive to the fact that some class members may have asthma
  • The videos tell the story of two teens that have asthma
  • Includes information about asthma triggers and how to avoid them
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