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Anatomy and Physiology UNIT 10: Human Respiratory System - Lessons & Activites

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Suburban Science
Grade Levels
10th - 12th, Homeschool
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88 pages + 35 slides
Suburban Science
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Looking for a respiratory system unit that’s thorough, streamlined, and ready to use? This comprehensive unit has everything you need to teach your high school students about the anatomy of the lungs and the physiology of breathing! All student pages come in both PRINT and DIGITAL versions for efficient use in class or through distance learning.

*PLEASE NOTE: This unit is also included in my Full Anatomy and Physiology Course.



-14 Teacher Planning Pages (standards document, pacing guide, Greek/Latin prefixes and suffixes, differentiation ideas for student interest, ability, and learning environment)

-Editable 35-slide PowerPoint presentation (highly visual and fully animated)

-5 pages of Cornell notes (both fill-in-the-blank and editable versions included)

-5 pages of my popular Doodle Notes™ and a guide to using them in your classroom

-3 labs:

  • Vocal Cords Lab
  • Lung Capacity Lab
  • Microscopy Lab

-Respiratory Disease Poster Project

-5 Extension Pages focusing on higher-order thinking skills:

  • Lab Extension: Effects of Respiratory Disease on Lung Capacity
  • Digging Deeper: Gas Exchange in the Blood
  • Respiratory Homeostasis
  • Data Analysis: Hemoglobin
  • Digging Deeper: Effects of Vaping

-22 editable task cards for a quick and easy unit review

-2 diagrams- overall respiratory system & anatomy of the larynx

-Online quiz through Google Forms

-Editable unit test with multiple-choice, matching, diagram labeling, and short answer questions (in both honors and regular versions)

-Supplementary Resource Ideas: links and videos for additional explanation or exploration

-Answer keys and grading rubrics for all student pages


*For more details about the specific topics and items included, please see my PREVIEW.*


New to teaching Anatomy & Physiology? Here’s how this unit will save you time:

1) The included NGSS, state standards, pacing guides, and differentiation ideas make lesson planning a breeze.

2) Student pages are compiled into one document that’s ready to print and copy all at once!

3) The PowerPoints coincide perfectly with both Cornell Notes pages and Doodle Notes™ pages, making lectures easy and providing for different student note-taking preferences. The PowerPoints even have bolded terms that match the fill-in-the-blank Cornell Notes for error-proof student notes!

4) Teaching instructions, material lists, answer keys, student examples, and photos are all included so you’ll know exactly how to plan for and explain each activity to your students.

5) Editable PowerPoints, Cornell Notes, and assessments make it quick and easy for you to add or remove content to fit your standards and the needs of your class.

Teaching virtual students this year?

All student pages and presentations included in this unit are available in PRINT or DIGITAL through Google Slides™ to be completed at home or in a 1:1 classroom. Students can view the PowerPoint at home, type on the pages, fill in diagrams, and even color Doodle Notes™! These digital pages work for any learning platform in which students can access Google Slides™ (Google Classroom™, Microsoft OneDrive™, Canvas™, etc). If you’re not sure whether the digital version will work for your students, just send me an email at [email protected] and I can give you a free sample to test.

I have taught Anatomy & Physiology both in classroom settings and virtually through homeschool courses. Although this course was not designed specifically for individual homeschool use, the materials and resources included can be easily found at home and/or completed in a virtual or homeschool setting. If you’re looking for a homeschool Anatomy course for one student, please check out my website.

What topics are included in this unit?

-Anatomy, physiology, and histology of the upper respiratory tract

  • Nasal cavity
  • Pharynx (oropharynx, nasopharynx, laryngopharyx)
  • Larynx (epiglottis and major bones, production of sound through vocal cords)
  • Trachea

-Anatomy, physiology, and histology of the lower respiratory tract

  • Bronchi, broncioles
  • Alveoli and gas exchange in the respiratory zone

-Physiology of Breathing

  • Internal and external respiration
  • Function of diaphragm
  • Lung capacities such as tidal, inspiratory, expiratory, residual, vital
  • Respiratory control through the nervous system and hormones

-Common respiratory system diseases and effects of vaping

The unit is aligned to NGSS and many state standards. If you’d like to know whether your state standards are covered, you can send me an email at [email protected].

NGSS addressed in this unit: HS-LS1-2 & HS-LS1-3. Additional details on standards are included in the teacher planning pages of this course.

How does this unit prepare my students to succeed in higher education?

The editable Cornell notes used in this unit are a great tool for students to use in college and beyond. Guided notes with blanks are included as students learn note-taking skills. Because the notes are editable, scaffolded sections of the Cornell notes can be removed as student skills progress, providing a more challenging and realistic note-taking experience.

Extension pages included in this unit provide an increased depth of knowledge and opportunities for critical thinking, data analysis, and math calculations. These skills are crucial for success in standardized tests like the SAT & ACT as well as in future science and medical courses.

I use Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes, and roots in context. A list of these terms is included and I encourage my students to practice these regularly. Familiarity with these terms allows students to understand and memorize new terms more easily and allows them to be more scientifically literate citizens.

To add additional rigor to the course for students interested in the medical field, try adding my Anatomy Case Studies (not included) to each unit.

What textbook can I use with this unit?

The great thing about Anatomy & Physiology textbooks is they are divided into body systems. That means you can use almost any high school textbook with this unit and my Full Anatomy and Physiology Course. Simply match the body system in your book with the one in my course. Most textbooks actually have the body systems in the same order, as well. This unit follows the topics and level of detail in the Pearson’s Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology quite well, which many A&P teachers use. For other textbook suggestions, simply send me an email at [email protected]. If you prefer not to use a textbook with this course, you can do that, too! All units are comprehensive enough to stand on their own.

Can I edit these resources to fit my needs?

Some of the files in this unit are editable. The text on the PowerPoints, Cornell Notes, and task cards is all editable so you can adjust the level of content and wording. The pacing guide and printable unit tests are all fully editable. Labs, activities, extension pages, and any images included in this unit are in non-editable PDF formats to protect my intellectual property rights and those of the illustrators whose images I’ve purchased for use in this resource.

Need other Anatomy & Physiology units? Each unit in my Anatomy & Physiology course has been recently updated to include the same thorough PowerPoints, Cornell Notes, Doodle Notes, activities, extensions, and assessments. Find them here:

-Intro to Anatomy & Physiology


-Integumentary System

-Skeletal System

-Muscular System

-Nervous System

-Endocrine System

-Cardiovascular System

-Respiratory System

-Lymphatic System

-Digestive System

-Urinary System

-Reproductive System

Or get all the units for 20% off by purchasing the Full Anatomy and Physiology Course.

If you purchase one of these units and then decide to buy the full course, TpT will refund the price of the individual unit (as long as the two purchases are made within one year). If you need assistance with this process, send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll be glad to help facilitate the refund.

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88 pages + 35 slides
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms. Emphasis is on functions at the organism system level such as nutrient uptake, water delivery, and organism movement in response to neural stimuli. An example of an interacting system could be an artery depending on the proper function of elastic tissue and smooth muscle to regulate and deliver the proper amount of blood within the circulatory system. Assessment does not include interactions and functions at the molecular or chemical reaction level.
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. Examples of investigations could include heart rate response to exercise, stomate response to moisture and temperature, and root development in response to water levels. Assessment does not include the cellular processes involved in the feedback mechanism.


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