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As an introductory activity, young statisticians measure their heart rate at rest and after exercise and compute the mean and median, and create a box & whisker plot. This is followed by watching a video (that no longer seems to exist on the linked site) that introduces the relationship between exercise and one’s health. They then engage in some form of aerobic activity for two weeks and record their results in a journal. Note: A number of the links to websites no longer exist.
Fourth graders 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. Students collect data on Excel and create graphs.
Students explore the concept of heart rate. In this heart rate lesson plan, students measure their heart rate sitting, lying, and standing. Students work in groups to collect data for each position and graph the heart rate v. position for each group member. Students make conjectures about the effect body position has on heart rate.
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.
Learners explore heart rates. In this heart rate lesson, students discover the average heart rates for adolescents. Learners evaluate their resting heart rates and compare their pulse before and after exercising. Students work with a database to create a graph of results.
Students 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.