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Activity Number 4 - Breathing Troubles
To simulate the breathing troubles of children with asthma and other breathing problems.
Have the students without asthma try the following to understand how it can feel.
- juice box straw for each student
- Have the students take ten regular deep breaths. This is how normal people breathe when there is no air pollution.
- Give each student a straw. Have them put the straws in their mouths and plug their noses. Now have them take the ten deep breaths again.
Tip: Be sure the students take only ten breaths. They may get dizzy or hyperventilate if they attempt more than ten.
- Did you notice a difference between breathing normally and through the straw?
- How would it feel to breathe like this all the time? Can you imagine playing sports or running if you could only breathe through the straw?
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