- Easier - The
lungs, airways, diaphragm, windpipe, throat, mouth,
and nasal passages are all part of the respiratory
system. Respiration is the process of breathing in
and out through this system. Smoking and air
pollution are two common causes of respiratory
- Harder - Oxygen is
taken into the body through the airways, absorbed
into the lungs, then transported through the body
in the blood. The lungs also give out carbon
dioxide into the atmosphere.
- Humans and land animals with backbones have
similar respiratory systems. This system includes
passages that connect the nose and mouth to the
You probably don't think very much about your
respiratory system, but it is essential for life.
Every once in a while a cough, sneeze, or hiccup
will remind you about this body system. A cough is
the way your system clears the airway. A sneeze is
caused by an irritation in the upper airway. A
hiccup is a spasm of the diagram.
- There are many diseases that can harm and even
destroy the respiratory system. Asthma is an
increasingly common disease that causes coughing
and makes it hard to breathe. Lung cancer is a
major cause of death particularly among smokers.
Tuberculosis is a disease caused by bacteria that
can destroy the lungs. TB is very contagious and
affects cats and other animals in addition to
humans. Most people experience minor respiratory
problems in the form of a sore throat, cough, or
bronchitis from an illness.
- People in certain jobs are more likely to have
respiratory problems. For example, airline pilots
and flight attendants often have respiratory
problems. Black lung has historically been a
problem of coal miners.
- This excellent, 13 chapter online book provides
an overview of what you need to know about
Lung Association - Especially for
- This website contains a section called Inside
the Human Body for grades 1-3, 4-6, and 9-12 with
information about air pollution, lung health, the
respiratory system, and tobacco. The site also
contains activities, mazes, and online games. The
section for teachers contains lessons. You can also
learn about Canadian Christmas seals and read their
online play script. In addition to the children's
section, the adult materials contain valuable
information and resources on topics such as asthma
and other respiratory diseases.
- Within this Website:
- 2) Asthma http://www.lung.ca/asthma/
- 3) Information About Lung Diseases http://www.lung.ca/diseases/
- 4) Inside the Human Body - The Respiratory
- 5) Inside the Human Body - Teachers http://www.lung.ca/children/teachers/index.html
- 6) Sleep Apnea http://www.lung.ca/sleepapnea/
the Body Works - The Respiratory
- This animation requires Shockwave plugin, but
it provides a great introduction to the respiratory
system. It also discusses coughing, sneezing, and
- Other Great Movies on the Respiratory
- 2) Brainpop: Respiration http://www.brainpop.com/health/respiratory/respiration/index.weml
- This website is sponsored by the American Lung
Association and contains good information for
students and teachers. The Human Respiratory
section defines terms and provides a nice diagram.
The Learn about your Lungs page discusses the
mechanics of the lungs and links to images. You can
also learn about asthma and other respiratory
- Within this Website:
- 2) Asthma http://www.lungusa.org/asthma/
- 3) Human Respiratory System http://www.lungusa.org/learn/resp_sys.html
- 4) Learn about your Lungs http://www.lungusa.org/learn/index.html
- 5) Diseases A to Z http://www.lungusa.org/diseases/index.html
- After visiting several of the
websites, complete one or more of these
- Test Your Respiratory System
Skills. Watch a respiration movie at
Health or Brainpop.
Take the quiz
at Brainpop. Take another Respiratory
System Self Quiz. Try the Respiratory
System crossword puzzle.
- Ask an Expert. Create some
questions and Ask
- Trace the History. Go to the
Museum of the Iron Lung. What's an
iron lung? How have they been used through
the years? Who was involved in the
development of the iron lung?
- Warn the World. Explore
diseases. Create a poster or chart
showing the symptoms, causes, and
treatments of a particular disease.
- Create an Asthma Poster. Go to
Jewish Asthma Wizard and read about
asthma and take the quizzes as you go.
Read about more about Asthma.
Watch the Brainpop animation on Asthma
and take the quiz. Take another Asthma
Quiz. Join the Asthma
Poster Contest! Interview a personal
with asthma and create a poster about
'standing up to asthma.'
- Stamp Out TB. Learn about the
history of tuberculosis.
Why can TB still be found? How can it be
stopped? Create a national plan to stamp
out TB in our lifetime. What would it
- Create a Video. What is
happening in your body when you cough,
sneeze, or hiccup? Create a video showing
what happens and why. Or, create your own
respiratory system from clay. Create a
clay animation showing how the system
- Roleplay Black Lung Issues.
What's 'black lung' and why are coal
miners so worried about it? Read about it
at the Black
Lung - Make it Disappear page. Trace
the history of this problem and how it has
been handled by coal miners, unions, and
the government. Role play a discussion
about this problem.
- Compare the Systems. Explore
each body system at How
the Body Works. Compare the
respiratory system to another body
- Try Some Activities. Go to
the Human Body. Choose your grade
level, read the information, and try the
- Explore Medical Devices. What's
How is it used? Sometimes children get
scared when faced with a new medical
device. Create a poster that helps
children understand it's purpose and use.
Or, choose another medical device.
- Create a Venn Diagram. Compare
your respiratory system with an animal.
Use the Respiratory
System for background information.
Create a Venn Diagram of your
- Try a Treasure Hunt. Go to
Deep! and the Respiratory
System, read the questions, use the
websites, and answer the questions about
the respiratory system.
- Complete a Respiratory System
Webquest. Most of the webquests on the
respiratory system contain information on
all the body systems. Try adapting one of
the following webquests:
- 1) Body Systems Webquest (Grade 4) by
P. Barnard http://www.asd.wednet.edu/EagleCreek/Barnard/wl/bs/bswq.html
- 2) Human Body System (Grades 5-6) by
J. Halliburton http://webpages.acs.ttu.edu/jleonard/
- 3) Human Body System Webquest by M.
Oxford and R. Fischer
- 4) Human Body Webquest (Grade 7) by C.
Congdon & S. Treankler http://www.neenah.k12.wi.us/schools/hmann/seventh/body/default.html
- 5) Incredible Internal Journey:
Respiration and Circulation (Grades 9-10)
- 6) Inside and Outside of the Human
Body Webquest (Grades 4-5) by L.
- 7) Invasion of the Body Snatchers
- 8) Journey through the Human Body
Systems (Grades 10-12) by C. Steakley
& J. Wynne http://www.scs.k12.tn.us/STT99_WQ/STT99/Bartlett_HS/steakleyc1/steakley/steakley.htm
- 9) Respiratory System Game
- 10)Saving Your System http://www.district41.org/Pleviak/bsystems/studpg.html
- 11)Sites and Sounds of the Respiratory
System (Grades 3-6) by B. Menuey http://184.108.40.206/middle/arvada/respsyst.htm
- 12)Systems of the Human Body
- Sites By Kids, For Kids
About Asthma (1998 ThinkQuest Junior
- This student project focuses on Asthma. Find
out how the respiratory system works, what asthma
is, and why the incidence of asthma is writing. You
can even take a quiz.
Tips from Kids at Kunsberg School
- This short page provides tips for asthma
Lungs (1998 ThinkQuest Junior
- This web page provides information about the
human lungs including the dimensions and
descriptions, disease, and danger.
- Other Similar ThinkQuest Sites:
- 2) Respiratory System at Tour Of The Human
Body (1999 ThinkQuest Junior
- 3) Respiratory System at Human Body
Mania (1999 ThinkQuest Junior Project)
- 4) Respiratory System from Mrs.
Frizzlepotts' Journey Through The Human Body
(1999 ThinkQuest Internet Challenge)
- 5) Respiratory System from Human body - The
Ultimate Machine (1999 ThinkQuest
- Internet Challenge) http://library.thinkquest.org/28807/data/resp.htm
- 6) Welcome to the Respiratory System from
Human Body (1999 ThinkQuest Junior
from MedMan (1996 ThinkQuest Internet
- This thinkquest page provides an overview of
how we breathe. It also contains facts about
breathing. It also discusses the hazards of smoking
and provides a medical glossary.
- This page provides a graphic and explanation of
the respiratory system.
- Asthma Websites
- This site provides a great starting point for
information and links to asthma research and
articles. You can also link to illustrations.
- This page provides an overview of asthma, its
symptoms, and treatments.
- This animation describes asthma. You can read
about the disease and even take a quiz.
Museum of the Iron Lung
- This page traces the history of the iron lung
and its use.
- More Respiratory System Websites
from Indianapolis Marion County Library
- This page contains a simple illustration of the
lungs with labels. It also describes what happens
when you breath.
Information on Respiratory Disorders
from Thomas Jefferson University
- This page provides information on the
respiratory system, signs of respiratory distress,
inhalers and nebulizers and other information.
Body Adventure - Respiratory System
- This page highlights the function of the
respiratory system. It provides text, sounds, and
graphics. This page links to definitions and
related information as well as a quiz.
- Other Definition Pages:
- 2) Allergy Glossary from Health on the Net
- 3) Respiratory System http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/brooklyn/humanbody/respiration.htm
- 4) Respiratory System http://kilby.sac.on.ca/oacphysio/gas_exchange.htm
Anatomy: The Respiratory System by D.R.
- This page provides an excellent overview of the
respiratory system including definitions,
processes, and functions. No illustrations are
- Review Sites with Illustrations:
- 2) The Respiratory System http://www.mtsinai.org/pulmonary/books/breathe/Secta.htm
Delivery System from Franklin
- This page explains the function of the
respiratory system in supplying the blood with
- This page provides information on the
respiratory system. It explores and compares on the
systems of all kinds of animals from flatworms to
Gross and Cool Body - Respiratory
- This page provides a nice overview of the
respiratory system and contains good illustrations.
It provides that answers to a series of simple
questions and some basic facts. While you're there,
be sure to check out gross body functions such as
- Visuals and Animations
Tour of the Visible Human
- This site provides cross section views of the
human body. Do a search for "lungs" to see visuals
related to the respiratory system.
Lung Flythrough (Download video file)
- This movie shows the function of the
Gray's Anatomy - Respiratory System
- This page contains information and line
drawings about the respiratory system.
- Do a search under body systems for respiratory
system and you'll find lots of great graphics.
- Websites for Teachers
System Web lesson
- This web-based lesson is on all body systems,
but has a section on the respiratory system.
- Other Body Systems Lesson Plan
- 2) Healthy Body Systems http://www.edhelper.com/cat61.htm
on How to Make a Model of the Human Respiratory
- Students learn to make and label a model of the
human respiratory system.
and the Respiratory System: 5-E Lesson Plan
- This lesson focuses on the parts of the
respiratory system and their functions, as well as
diseases of the lungs and their effect on
breathing. It also explores the dangers of smoking
and air pollution and their effect on health and
System (Grade 6)
- This lesson plan with questions and links
focuses on the parts of the respiratory
System (Grade 4-6)
- This lesson explores the general functions of
the respiratory system.
Program Biology Index
- This page contains lesson plans on anatomy.
Many of the plans relate specifically to the
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