Ins and Outs of Respiration: Determine your Respiratory Rate

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Learners will determine their respiratory rate and explore the factors that affect breathing rate by filling out and using the Respiratory Chart provided in the lesson. Useful information about oxygen and breathing and extensions are included. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • copies of "Respiratory Rate for Different Activities" chart provided in lesson
  • watches or clock with a second hand or digital reading


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
      • Respiration
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Rate
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Science Museum of Minnesota, 2000

Funding Source:

  • Medtronic Foundation