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Asthma Case Study Resources:
Background Information

The case study stories are intended to be modified to investigate real-life situations in your own community.

The basketball story implies that asthma is the problem, possibly triggered by exercise, allergens from chopping wood, wintertime temperature inversions, woodstove smoke, pet dander, smoking, and/or road dust. Students may determine that any or all of these factors are affecting the health of the basketball player.

The playground story implies that agricultural burning and dust from field preparation in the spring is the asthma trigger; this can be replaced with woodstove burning in the winter, trash burning, cedar pile burns, etc. You would just need to reword that part of the story that gives this information.



Please help us improve our case studies and activities by asking your students to complete the feedback form after each activity. These may be printed and mailed to us at:
        EEOP - AQCP
        NAU Box 5768
        Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5768

A feedback form with space for 1 case study and 3 activities can be printed here. Feel free to send multiple copies if you use more than this number of cases and/or activities from these materials.



Asthma Activities   
***Before conducting any of the following activities, students should complete the Kid's Asthma Check found at www.aanma.org/Pdf/asthmacheck.pdf ***

  • Asthma Activities - A good activity to use for students to simulate the difficulty in breathing for those with asthma.
  • Your Respiration Profile - This activity shows students how to measure their lung tidal volume and vital capacity under both resting and exercising conditions.

You may find it helpful to do some general air quality activities with your students at the beginning of your investigations. Other suggested activities for asthma include Air Quality Word Search, (This is a PDF file, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open it. It's free!) Pyramid Game, and In a Polluted Cloud activity/demonstration.




Northern Arizona University Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

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Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP)
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PO Box 5768
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Phone: (928) 523-1275
Fax: (928) 523-1280
E-mail: eeop@nau.edu

Last updated: May 26, 2005