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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


  1. Have the students take ten regular deep breaths. This is how normal people breathe when there is no air pollution.
  2. 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.

Discussion Points:

  • 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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