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Understanding the Cardiorespiratory System
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Grade Level Grades 3-5
Resource Type Lesson Plan

About This Lesson

Access Free Lesson Plan Here: Catch Your Breath

This lesson builds on students’ understanding of the cardiorespiratory system, showcases how climate change impacts cardiorespiratory health, and concludes with students exploring ways they can expand their actionable responses to climate change.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students warm up, look over the diagram of the cardiorespiratory system and consider the questions, “What might cause harm to my cardiorespiratory system?” and “How does the quality of the air I breathe impact my lungs and my health?”

Step 2 - Investigate: Students play the “Catch Your Breath Game” and analyze how air quality impacts the cardiorespiratory system.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students consider how New Jersey organizations and stakeholders can work collaboratively to minimize impacts of air pollution and climate change on their own health and the health of future generations.

This lesson is aligned to New Jersey standards.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe how the cardiorespiratory system works when at rest and when one is exercising.
  • Students will be able to identify climate change impacts on air quality, breathing, and exercise.
  • Students will be able to brainstorm and present collaboration ideas amongst different New Jersey organizations to work towards improving New Jersey’s air quality.

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Catch Your Breath - SubjectToClimate - SML.pdf

Lesson Plan
April 24, 2023
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