THIS IS A BUNDLED UNIT OF STUDY IN Word FORMAT.
This is an introductory unit on the human respiratory system for the high school student. It also includes a National Geographic website that I use as an introduction either before or after the open notes. The website can also be used as a review after the unit has been completed. All KEYS are included!
How to Use This Unit – Respiratory System TpT
This is an introductory unit on the human respiratory system. It may be used by itself or supplemented with additional material. All assignments include KEYS. Before we study this unit, the students had already learned about the heart and circulatory system (including blood). Therefore, when the open notes are introduced, there is a bit of a review of the heart and corresponding vessels since the heart and lungs are so closely related. This unit includes an open notes activity, 2 internet activities, one drag and drop assignment that may be used as a cut and paste activity, and one written Q & A assignment. I’ve also included the web address for the National Geographic website that I use as an introduction either before or after the open notes. It is full of beautiful color and pictures explaining the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system: http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/health-and-human-body/human-body/lungs-article.html
1. I begin this unit with an open notes activity. I use a Promethean board set on annotate to fill in the blanks while the students copy the answers onto their blank open notes sheet. Open notes are a great way to introduce new information. It also gives the opportunity to have conversations on choking, interchangeable terms and general anatomy.
2. Next, the students complete the assignment “Breathe In, Breathe Out”. This assignment consists of several paragraphs of information, then questions to be answered on the reading. Some more paragraphs, some more questions. It is a 2 page assignment that will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.
3. The next assignment is an internet assignment. I combine “Asthma Movie” and “Lung Attack Interactive W.S.” by printing them on one sheet of paper. The websites are interactive, and the worksheets consist of questions to be answered by the students as they are guided through the activities on the website.
4. The assignment “Respiratory D & D” is an interactive assignment that I use on the computer by loading it into a blackboard-type community accessible to students. However, another great way to use this assignment is to make color copies and have the students cut out the picture and the arrows with the terms. Then they can paste the appropriate terms in the arrows to the correct anatomical structure in the picture. This is another assignment that briefly reviews the heart and circulatory system by having the student label several anatomical structures from the unit on the heart and circulatory system.
I give a lot of electronic assignments to be completed by the student on a laptop then submitted in a drop box such as Black Board, Schoology or School Space. In order to do this effectively, I create Word assignments without using lines for answers. Trying to type an answer on a line just makes the line shift on the document. So instead of a line, I use two red asterisks (this is so fast and easy to create). The students place their cursor between the two red asterisks and begin typing their answers (or their name, date, etc., wherever they need to type information). This makes it easy for them to see that they’ve answered the question (in red) and I can easily grade the assignment electronically (I’m always looking for the red answers!). Any of these assignments can easily be made into a printed paper copy with little to no modification of the original document whatsoever. Just print! Gotta love Word!