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Respiratory System Online Unit for Middle School Science

Do you want to teach about Human Systems and The Respiratory System through online learning?

I have a great resource for you on teaching the respiratory system and human body systems for middle school science.  This resource is aligned with the standards for NGSS MS-LS1-3. and Utah SEEd 7th Grade. Students will learn about human systems and their organization’s cells-tissue-organ-system and the respiratory system.

Respiratory System Online Interactive Unit
This activity is a good follow up to learning about cells and their parts and function in the human body.  Other human systems that are interesting to learn about are the Digestive System and the circulatory system.

This resource is an online unit on the respiratory system. This Google product provides your students with informational text passages, interactive activities, videos, response pages, a lab, and a quiz. Students will make arguments from evidence and will learn about the organization of the human body: cell-tissue-organ-system. They will learn that the human body has systems and each system is a collection of subsystems comprised of specialized cells and tissue. This is an online unit in Google Slides. Perfect for Google Classroom. This resource is formatted horizontally to make it easier to use on a device. Students will be able to write and record ideas and drag and drop in the interactive features right on the slides in edit mode. See my resource on the Digestive System


This unit includes a hands-on activity to make a model of a working lung out of inexpensive materials. All you will need for this is a straw, plastic bottle, rubber band, two balloons, and some modeling clay. I believe students can make this simple model at home as long as they have the materials, but if they do not have materials, I have included a video of the working model so that you can at least show it to students.

Standards Addressed:
Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the conceptual understanding that cells form tissues and tissues form organs specialized for particular body functions. Examples could include the interaction of subsystems within a system and the normal functioning of those systems.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include the mechanism of one body system independent of others. Assessment is limited to the circulatory, excretory, digestive, respiratory, muscular, and nervous systems.]
Utah SEEd 7.3.3 Construct an explanation using evidence to explain how body systems have various levels of organization. Emphasize that cells form tissues, tissues form organs, and organs form systems specialized for particular body functions. Examples could include relationships between the circulatory, excretory, digestive, respiratory, muscular, skeletal, or nervous systems. Specific organ functions will be taught at the high school level. (LS1.A)
Students will begin by reading informational text.
Informational text passages onThe Respiratory System

This resource is online in Google Slides with plenty of interactive activities.

Reading Informational Text Passages

Students will take notes in the digital interactive notebook.

There are other activities like videos, worksheet responses (online), and a quiz.
The Respiratory System Online Unit

Students will even make a working model of a lung!

Making a Model of a Lung

This entire unit focuses on the respiratory system but also teaches about the organization of the human body…cell-tissue-organ-system and interactions between systems. 

Interactive Google Slides
Students will love these engaging activities.
This resource also includes a guided relaxation exercise using diaphragmatic breathing by a licensed psychotherapist (full disclosure: he is my husband and he made this video for the resource and it is geared towards middle school students).
Respiratory System Distance Learning Unit NGSS MS-LS1-3 and Utah SEEd 7.3.3

Model of a Lung

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