Monday, March 4, 2013

Our Body - Week 1 Body Parts - Day 4 Respiratory System

Teaching Elements for today:
  • We breath air
  • Air has oxygen we need to live
  • Air goes into our lungs
  • Our lungs take the oxygen and put it into our blood
  • We breath out carbon dioxide
  • Our ribs protect our lungs
Beginning Discussion - We have lungs in our chest. Why? 

LanguageWhat are some things that blow up using air or move air? - Bubbles, fan, balloon, propellers, engines, heater, air conditioner, wings, heat,  bounce houses, balls, vacuum, air compressor, inhaler, breath, etc.

Math/Gross Motor - Combining the two, the children raced to blow ping pong balls across the floor.  

Then we tried it with straws to see the difference.

We graphed the results of who could blow their ball the farthest in one blow, working counting by 10s, unit measure of inches, reading a tape measure, concept of number line, graphing, concepts of distance and force.

Science -The children were provided with balloons and blew them up and let the air out to simulate lung movement. Again, we demonstrated and discussed the concepts of air force.

Fine & Gross Motor - Blowing and popping bubbles.

Music/Finger Play - 

Red Balloon
Oh, once I had a red balloon
(Pretend to take balloon out of pocket)
And then I blew it up.
(Pretend to blow balloon up)
‘Till it became all big and round
And grew and grew and grew.
(Make arms into bigger and bigger circle)
I bounced it up into the air
(Pretend to bounce ball)
And never let it drop.
Then I bounced it on the ground
Until it suddenly went POP!
(Clap hands loudly on pop)


Video - 
How does the Respiratory System work? by mocomikids Excellent graphics. I turned the sound off and read the prompts to the children myself. The graphics make it one of the most preschool-friendly videos for the respiratory system.  


It's always good day when bubbles and balls are involved!
 Tags: anatomy, physiology, preschool, theme, unit, science, body, parts, child, care, daycare, kindergarten, pre-k, prek, lung, lungs, respriration, breathing,

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