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Learning objects Take a deep breath


Watch what happens inside the human body during physical activity. Look at diagrams of the human circulatory and respiratory systems. Explore the functions of major organs and tissues. Examine animations showing how a person breathes and how the heart pumps blood around the body. Predict the effects of walking or running on heart rate and breathing. Look up more information and answer questions.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify parts of the human respiratory system and circulatory system and related these to their functions.
  • Students predict the functional effects of increased physical activity on the respiratory and circulatory systems.
Educational value
  • Shows the structures that make up the human respiratory system and explains their function.
  • Provides an animation to show what happens when we breathe.
  • Provides an animation to show how the respiratory and circulatory systems work together.
  • Requires students to predict the effects of walking or running on heart rate and breathing.
  • Provides questions for further research.
  • Provides a glossary that can be printed out.
Year level

3; 4; 5; 6; 7

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Human body
    • Science/Health
    • Science/Respiration
    • Science/Respiratory systems
    • Science/Animals
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Modelling;
    • Problem solving
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: Department of Education, Tasmania; e-magine Centre of Excellence in Online Learning
    • Address: Hobart TAS 7000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS0Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.