Submitted by: Edric Tom
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-8, students use BrainPOP Jr. and/or BrainPOP resources to explore how the lungs are affected by smoking. Students investigate the anatomy of a cigar and understand its components. Next, they record and organize data as they investigate the harmful effects of smoking on humans.
- Understand how the lungs are affected by smoking
- Investigate the anatomy of a cigar and understand its components
- Understand the harmful effects of smoking on humans
- Books about smoking and lungs, such as these recommendations
- 4 models of healthy lungs and smokers' lungs
- Access to BrainPOP
- Introduce students to the topic of Smoking by taking the BrainPOP quiz on Smoking, and/or one of the BrainPOP Jr. quizzes on Smoking. Use the quiz to facilitate discussion.
- Watch the BrainPOP or BrainPOP Jr. movie, pausing to discuss and take notes as key concepts arise.
- Split the class into groups of 4. Have each group compare and record the differences between a smoker's lungs and a non-smoker's lungs. Invite kids to read some of the books you've provided to find answers to their questions and research data on smoking.
- Groups can take turns rotating through related features of BrainPOP (FYI, Q&A, etc.) and BrainPOP Jr.(game, activity, etc.) to enhance their knowledge and deepen their understanding of the topic.
- After students have had ample time to conduct research through BrainPOP, the books, the model lungs, and books, get together and summarize what they learned in a class brainstorm.
- Decide as a class how to organize the information and data students have collected (poster, mini-book, chart, etc.) Model the data organization for students and guide them through the process of creating their project.