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Lungometer: Vital Lung Capacity

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, Barbara Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.

Record Your Data

After blowing as much air as possible through the tube, each student should record the amount of water remaining in the jug on his/her Lungometer Data Sheet. 

NOTE: The vital lung capacity of elementary school children often falls between 1,300 and 2,300 mL.

Have younger students measure their vital lung capacities once. Older students may try three times and calculate the average to establish their vital lung capacity.


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Numbers: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932


Houston Endowment Inc.

Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education