Breathe Easy! A Lesson in Respiratory Function

Created by: Michele Alexndre, Durham Technical Community College

respiratory system

About the Series:

This instructional lesson is part of NC-NET's Creating Integrated Instruction series of faculty-developed integrated projects. Participating community college faculty collaborated to develop classroom-ready materials that:

  • Integrate career and technical content and academic concepts—reinforcing both
  • Use real-world scenarios to engage students and make content relevant
  • Foster critical thinking, collaboration, and other skills valued by employers
  • Encourage instructors to use active, authentic assessment techniques

Project Description:

This project helps students gain knowledge of the respiratory system. Students will use a variety of active learning strategies to explore anatomical structures and to understand the process of breathing. Students will work in groups to analyze variation in respiratory functions caused by obstructive lung disorders.

Estimated Duration:

This project will be conducted over a two-week period. It includes one lecture time of one hour to be conducted as an interactive REACT lesson after students have completed their lab assignments. Lab activities will be conducted during two lab periods (2 hours each).

Appropriate Course(s) for Implementation:

  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Pathophysiology
  • Intro to Respiratory Care
  • Practical Nursing
  • Medical Assistant

Files for Instructors:

The materials to implement this project are self-contained within a single Microsoft Word file.

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