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The Airways (Grades 5 to 6)



The Airways (Grades 5 to 6)
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.14

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     challenging words:    airstreams, higher-pitched, nasopharynx, oropharynx, passageway, microscopic, pharynx, lining, epiglottis, larynx, trachea, esophagus, mucus, tract, respiratory, beginning


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The Airways
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Air enters your body through the nose or the mouth. This is the beginning of the upper respiratory tract.
 
2     The next passage for the air going down to your lungs is the pharynx. The upper part of the pharynx is called the nasopharynx. The lower part of the pharynx is called the oropharynx, or throat. What job does your throat have? Well, it works for both the respiratory system and the digestive system. It is a passageway for food and drink. Of course, air is also swallowed.
 
3     Below the pharynx is the larynx, or voice box. It is also a passageway for air flowing into the lower respiratory system. When food enters the throat, it heads toward the esophagus. The epiglottis covers the larynx so you don't choke.

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