The Human Body's Respiratory System Theme
Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which complement the study of the Human Body's
Respiratory System. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational
resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information.
Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...)
to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional
materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this
Air Quality Theme Page
Sense of Smell Theme Page
Tobacco Abuse Theme Page
General Respiratory System Resources
Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information
and/or other links related to the Respiratory System. Please read our
- The American Lung Association has numerous page about their organization
and their services. The following links are presented to help deal with specific
topics of interest.
Quality Information about air pollution.
This page has information about emergency signs of asthma, asthma
medications for children and asthma triggers.
A to Z This section includes information on lung cancer, tuberculosis,
emphysema and A1AD related emphysema, pneumonia, sarcoidosis, HIV/AIDS
and lung disease, and influenza.
Control This section has information on nicotine addiction, smoking
and pregancy, and smoke and your family.
Atlas of the Human Body
- This site has a wide ranging set of diagrams that serve as "road maps"
of the various systems of the human body. See their link to the Respiratory
- High school students are challenged to learn the structures and functions
of a body system thoroughly so that they will be able to pass on the concepts
and ideas to younger students in the form of children's books.
- A 1997 Think Quest award winner, this site is designed for students ages
11-16 wishing to learn more about anatomy. This link is to the main page which
contains 18 sub-selections. Click on 'Respiratory System' for a brief summary
of the system and a diagram.
Breathing Problems (First Aid)
- The information at this site investigates some of the common breathing
problems people may have. It looks at some of the causes such as pollution
and allergies, then it offers suggestions for emergency procedures if someone
is experiencing difficulties breathing.
Lung Association Resources
- The home page provides many links to resources dealing with our lungs and
the air we breathe. The following links are presented to help deal with specific
topics of interest.
Resource Centre A comprehensive listing of issues concerning asthma.
"Asthma and School" is a link designed to help teachers create safe and
positive environments for children with asthma.
to Keep Your Lungs Healthy A collection of articles about lungs and
the respiratory system written for elementary students.
Five questions about lungs and breathing are answered.
Introduction - Page 1 This page has a collection of information pages
on lung related topics for elementary students. Parts of the diagrams
in these pages are linked to further illustrations.
Introduction - Page 2 A collection of on-line games to play which
are loaded with content relating to the lungs. For example, the crossword
puzzle has words relating to the cardiovascular system.
Several questions about smoking are presented and answered.
5 Life Science Curriculum (Body Systems - Respiratory, Circulatory, Sensory)
- This is from the B.C. Government Ministry of Education IRP site. It offers
Prescribed Learning Outcomes, Instructional Strategies, Assessment Strategies
and Recommended Learning Resources.
the Body Works: The Respiratory System
- A small animated illustration showing what happens in the respiratory system
with normal breathing, coughs, sneezes, and hiccups. (Requires Shockwave)
- Human Body
- A five-part series of lesson plans that help elementary students explore
the respiratory system. We have put the following five links together in one
place for your ease of access.
Best: The Human Body
- This link is to the home page of Nature's Best: The Human Body - a site
intended for high school students. After selecting an appropriate level of
bandwidth, you'll be taken to a menu page offering information on all 8 human
body systems (Circulatory, Digestive, Immune, Muscular, Nervous, Reproductive,
Respiratory and Skeletal). Select "Respiratory" for information on the functions
of the nose, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi and respiration zone. (Note:
You may have difficulty with the middle and high bandwidth options)
Plants and Oxygen: Breathing Easy
- A lesson plan designed for elementary grades. Its purpose is to show students
that trees and plants produce a lot of the oxygen we breathe.
Respiratory Health - Your Lungs (Ontario Lung Association)
- Many pages of information regarding lung problems due to asthma, bronchitis,
cancer and smoking. The page "Your Lungs" has a cut away diagram of a lung
to help illustrate the exchange of gases.
[The] Respiratory System
- Written for elementary students, this is a one page description of how
the parts of the respiratory system work together to get air into your lungs
and exchange the oxygen and carbon dioxide with your blood. Also, the page
has a fact sheet with a list of interesting facts about your respiratory system.
(The) Rubber Band Air Test
- A lesson plan to demonstrate that the air we breathe can be polluted without
us knowing it. This is a simple test of observing the changes in rubber bands
exposed to the environment.
Science Role Plays
- A lesson plan illustrating how students can role-play a part in a bodily
system. The author suggests some activities that require minimal preparation.
Program Biology Index
- Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative
for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept
lesson plan. This database has 60 lesson plans in the section on Anatomy &
Physiology that deal directly with the human body's senses and systems. Caution:
Since there is a wide number of authors who have contributed to the database,
the detail and quality of the lesson plans will vary.
- TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons
for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites
within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within
one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list
of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain
on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional
content are also possible.
This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "respiratory
and system" will produce a few hits. Try searching under "lungs" as well.
Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these lessons access may already
be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson objectives and the sequencing
of the tours through the sites that make the lesson potentially useful to
your students. Caution #2: The quality of the lessons (e.g., definining
objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the tours) will vary widely within
the TrackStar collection.
Brochure of the Body Systems
- In this Access Excellence lesson plan for grades 9-12, students produce
a travel brochure for a tour through each of 8 body systems and a working
model of one of the systems.
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of curricular content in the body's Respiratory System. For other resources in Science (e.g., curricular content in Earth Science, General Science, Life Science, or Physical Science), or for lesson plans and theme pages, click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.