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 teaches students about what is in the air we breathe, how trees are important to keeping the air clean, air pollution, and how to solve some of the big global problems. Links to local New Jersey organizations are provided. The TedEd video also links to more resources about air pollution. This lesson also includes some movement and a game to help students visualize how pollutants can be removed for the air. The videos contain accurate and thought-provoking information. This resource is recommended for teaching.
This lesson is aligned to New Jersey standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.Discover more on the New Jersey Climate Education Hub.