This full lesson bundle covers the respiratory system in an engaging and fun way! My students especially enjoy the jumble puzzle that allows them to cut out and assemble the respiratory system. Addresses many common core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Includes everything you need to teach the respiratory system! No prep required! Bundle includes: KWL chart as lesson opener and exit ticket, expository reading to introduce and cover the structure and function of the respiratory system, a quick writing assignment to conclude the reading, a 12 panel foldable (sized for interactive notebooks) to reinforce vocabulary, a lungs jumble puzzle (sized for interactive notebooks) to reinforce anatomy, and a “Bill Nye: Respiration” graphic worksheet as a fun wrap-up. All teacher keys, additional resources, web links, and daily goals to post are included!
Even though foldable and jumble are sized for interactive notebooks, they would also work in classroom settings that do not employ interactive notebooks. Would work well with a sub if desired. Lesson was created for upper elementary and middle school students and teaches the concept of the respiratory body system and its structure and function while reinforcing many English language arts common core standards (such as: “Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context”).
Approximately two to three class periods in length (as a point of reference, I teach a 50-minute class). Created by Mister Science.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) addressed in this lesson:
Middle School: MS-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems.
This standard is covered by the writing assignment at the end of the expository reading in which students tell the story of an oxygen molecule and all the organs it will visit as it travels through the respiratory system. Also taught with the “lungs jumble” puzzle in which students cut out and assemble the parts of the respiratory system in the correct arrangement.
LS1.A: Structure and Function
In multicellular organisms, the body is a system of multiple interacting subsystems. These subsystems are groups of cells that work together to form tissues and organs that are specialized for particular body functions.
This standard is covered by the expository reading. As students read the passage, organs of the respiratory system are described and their importance to the system as a whole is explained.
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