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The Human Body's Respiratory System Theme Page

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 theme.

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 disclaimer.

American Lung Association
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.
  • Air Quality Information about air pollution.
  • Asthma This page has information about emergency signs of asthma, asthma medications for children and asthma triggers.
  • Diseases 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.
  • Tobacco Control This section has information on nicotine addiction, smoking and pregancy, and smoke and your family.

[The] 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 System.

Better Body Books
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.

Body Quest
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.

Canadian 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.
  • Asthma 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.
  • How to Keep Your Lungs Healthy A collection of articles about lungs and the respiratory system written for elementary students.
  • Lungs Five questions about lungs and breathing are answered.
  • Teacher's 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.
  • Teacher's 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.
  • Tobacco Several questions about smoking are presented and answered.

Grade 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.

How 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.

Nature's 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.

Smile 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.

Travel 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.

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