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Heart Rate and Exercise
What is the relationship among the heart, circulation, and exercise? Your class members will explore first-hand how different physical exercises affect an individual's heart rate. They will begin by learning how to measure their own heart rate, and then working individually or in partners, will analyze the effect of such activities as breathing deeply, doing jumping jacks, and listening to fast music.
3rd - 10th Physical Education CCSS: Adaptable
Human Body Series - Cardiovascular System
Pump up your class while studying the cardiovascular system with this pair of activities. In one, learners record heart rates during different actions. In the second, they read kid-friendly heart health articles online and then write a haiku reflecting what they learned.
3rd - 5th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Interpreting Heart Rates During Various Physical Activities
Learners review terminology: pulse, heart rate, target heart rate zone. They work in three groups, and assigned to one of three activity stations. At 5-minute intervals, 4th graders check their pulse and record it on their group card. They rotate to the next station.
4th Physical Education
Heart Rate Monitoring
Algebra learners like this resource because it is easy to understand and it relates to their lives. Whether you are starting a new workout routine, or just climbing the stairs, your heart rate increases and decreases throughout the day. Have your number crunchers construct a graph of this model and answer some simple questions.
7th - 9th Math CCSS: Designed
Peak Heart Rates
Healthy algebra students start their day studying peak heart rate posters that look very much like tables. Through some good questioning, collaborative groups work to read between the lines to find other age-peak heart rate relationships not printed on the posters.
8th - 9th Math CCSS: Designed
Marathon Challenge by PBS
Does your class have the heart for this activity about exercise and pulse rates? After measuring resting heart rate and recovery heart rate, have your young athletes investigate pulse rate and the effect of exercise on pulse rate. This is a great activity for a health class or a physical education class.
6th - 10th Health
Target Heart Rate
This accompanies a lesson on how various activities affect heart rate. Young learners identify resting heart rate and target heart rate. They do some physical activities to measure their heart rates for each of those activities. They then look at the information and make some evaluations about their current level of cardiovascular health and how they might improve it.
7th - 10th Health
Why Be Active?
What are some of the benefits of physical activity? Young learners take a look at not just the physical benefits, but also the emotional and social benefits of being physically active. There is a heart rate activity to count their resting heart rate and then they do a little bit of exercise to get their working heart rate.
K - 5th Physical Education
Factors That Affect Blood Pressure
There are factors that can be controlled and factors that can't be controlled regarding blood pressure. Read through these handouts and learn about the different factors. Then answer some questions about the information just learned. There is even an activity to determine resting heart rate, and then to make calculations regarding one's target heart rate range.
7th - 10th Health
Physical Aspects of Fitness: Cardio-Respiratory Endurance
What is the difference between anaerobic and aerobic fitness? What is cardio-respiratory endurance, and what effect does it have on the body and athletic performance? Delve into these questions with a straightforward presentation, which also includes information on target heart rate and different types of training methodologies.
6th - 10th Health
Exercise and the Heart: Defining Healthy Heart Rates
Students explore heart rates. In this heart rate lesson, students discover the average heart rates for adolescents. Students evaluate their resting heart rates and compare their pulse before and after exercising. Students work with a database to create a graph of results.
6th - 8th 21st Century Skills
Students move through a variety of locomotor skills at different paces to see how they affect their heart rate. In this health, human body, and physical activity lesson plan, students measure their heart rate and discuss health. A particularly strong, cross-curricular lesson plan.
2nd - 6th Health
Temperature Affects The Heart Rate
Learners relate heart rate and development to environmental conditions through experiment. In cooperative groups, students record the heart rate in developing zebra fish. Groups create a standard curve to predict the temperature at which a group of zebra fish embryos were raised.
9th - 12th Science