Activity 5A: It's No Fun Being on Restriction (Obstructed Airways)

By breathing through straws to simulate a lung disorder, students will experience what it feels like to have restrictive and/or obstructive lung disease and will observe first hand how such a disease can affect normal functioning. Once students have experienced how it feels to have obstructed or restricted breathing, they will conduct an experiment to determine the effect of restricted breathing on their ability to perform a simple cognitive test.

  • Compare normal breathing to obstructed breathing
  • Develop an awareness of the impact obstructed airways can have on daily functioning
  • Identify variables in an experiment
  • Collect, analyze and graph data


  • Pre/Post Test
  • Pre/Post Test Answer Sheets & Key

Pulmonary, diaphragm, lung disorder, lung disease, breath, straw, restrictive, obstructive, cognitive test

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Pulmo Park
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Lesson 5: Fill it Up: Pulmonary Health