Study of the Human Respiratory System - Links for Montessori Unit Study

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Below, are links for a complete unit study on the human respiratory system. These K-12 links will lead you to articles, hands-on activities and other exercises that are compatible with the Montessori classified science reading cards, creative writing and other extensive lesson plans found in the Montessori at Home, Modern Montessori at Home and Modern Montessori at Home II books.

Some of the lessons below will be useful for postsecondary students as well. When I taught medical terminology at the college level, I divided the presentations into the basic study of Greek and Latin prefixes, roots and suffixes and then proceeded to have the students focus on the study of a body system, i.s. respiratory, circulatory, etc.

Each week I initially spent some time on the review of basic roots, prefixes and suffixes. The students practiced pronouncing the words and combining the basic roots with different prefixes and suffixes to form new words. So that the students could fully appreciate the topic at hand, we used diagrams, audiovisual aids and discussed medical laboratory tests, x-rays and clincial applications where the medical terms would be used. The students then independently studied diagrams and a select a list of relevant medical terms matched to the body system or medical topic being presented.

Flash cards work well in helping to learn the new language. This is particularly true for students who are now older but worked with the classified reading cards when they were younger. A concentrated study of the Greek and Latin word elements is also useful for those preparing to take ACT and SAT tests.

Free Diagrams for Classified Reading Cards

Human Respiratory System - Clipart
Printable Blackline Diagram of The Respiratory System

Links to Lessons Involving Understanding Lung Function

How Do Your Lungs Work? - Lessons for Young Children
The Human Respiratory System with Labels
Discussion of How to Make Classified Reading Cards.
The Respiratory System Theme Unit-(Grades 2 -4) and (Grades 5 - 7)
Lesson Plan on Making a Respiratory System Model

A Study of the Respiratory System for Secondary Students

Human Respiratory System Diagram with Step by Step Flash Presentation Plus Definitions
Lungs Diagram with Pathology Index and Discussion
Anatomy: Respiratory System (Grades 6 - 12)
Flashcards & Matching - Respiratory System
Links to Greek and Latin Medical Prefixes, Roots and Suffixes.

Respiratory Terminology

Audio Pronunciation of Selected Respiratory Terms (Ages 12 - Adult)
List of Selected Respiratory Terms Featured on Audio(Ages 12 - Adult)

Use these lesson planning ideas with the step by step biological and physical science lessons found in Montessori at Home: A Complete Guide to Teaching Your Preschooler at Home Using the Montessori Method, Modern Montessori at Home: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children Six through Nine Years of Age and Modern Montessori at Home II: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children 10 through 12 Years of Age

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