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Breathe In, Breathe Out!

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

50 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Environmental Education, Physical Education, Science
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Average: 5 (1 vote)

In this lesson, students watch a short video to learn the basic components of the respiratory system. Then they use what they've learned to complete a puzzle. Next, students participate in a guided breathing exercise that allows them to feel their respiratory system in action and gives them a tool to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. Finally, students discuss how important it is for us all to protect the quality of the air we breathe because we—and many other living creatures—rely on having clean, fresh air to survive.

Key objectives for students
Recognize that many living organisms need clean air for survival.
Describe key components of the human respiratory system and how they function.
Perform a breathing exercise to increase awareness of their breathing and to learn a relaxation technique.
Explain why it is important to protect air quality.
Secondary subjects
Art, Health and Nutrition, Mathematics, Music, Reading or Language Arts
Air, Breathing, Breath, Breathe, oxygen, lung, respiratory system, Airways, throat, trachea (windpipe), Bronchial tubes, alveolus, Diaphragm, inhale, Exhale, Air quality, Air pollution, Climate
Collaboration, Communication skills, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Curiosity, Mindfulness, Optimism
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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