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Lung Model: Make a Lung and Diaphragm

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Lung Model: Make a Lung and Diaphragm

By building a model of a lung and diaphragm, learners discover the function of various parts of the body's respiratory system. The model uses common items - a plastic bottle, a balloon, and a vinyl glove. Included in the lesson are useful descriptions and diagrams of the human respiratory system as well as links to useful resources. Lesson plan includes extensions and background information.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • 20-ounce or 2-liter plastic bottle
  • balloon
  • piece of plastic from a trash bag or shopping bag (cut in a 30-cm-diameter circle)or vinyl glove
  • rubber band
  • poster or reference books with lung diagrams
  • scissors
  • marker
  • masking tape
  • craft knife (for educator use)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Respiration


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

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


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