TEACHER ENRICHMENT INITIATIVES

Activity 2A: Building Pulmo Park: A Constructivist Activity

Building Pulmo Park: A Constructivist Activity is a lab experience that allows students to discover critical principles of the respiratory system. Students will make observations and inferences about the structure and function of the respiratory system from watching a flash animation of The Anatomy of Breathing and record them in a graphic organizer called Pulmo Park Blue Print. This activity is meant to be exploratory and then progress into a more insightful discussion with the teacher. Students will then apply what they learn by taking a “deeper” look into the functions of the respiratory system through a lab investigation called Under Construction. During the lab, the groups of students will complete a Pulmo Park Builder’s Log and use it to help match each lab experience to specific lung functions. Student lab investigations will support students as they create and manipulate a working model of the lungs called Project: Build It! Students will be encouraged to observe the flash animation as often as needed to achieve greater understanding of how the lungs work.

Objectives: 
  • Observe critical attributes of inhalation and exhalation
  • Record observations about a flash animation called The Anatomy of Breathing
  • Explore critical principles of the respiratory system through lab investigation
  • Identify and describe the functions of the respiratory system
  • Review and analyze flash animation again to update graphic organizer with revised observations and inferences
  • Relate structure to function in the respiratory system

 

Keywords: 

Inhalation, exhalation, anatomy, breath, respiratory system, function, structure

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Activity Code: 
2A
Unit Reference: 
Pulmo Park
Lesson Reference: 
Lesson 2: Architectural Diaphragmatics: The Workings of Pulmo Park