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What is heart rate? What is pulse? How do you find a heart rate by taking a pulse? What determines a person's heart rate? Will heart rate increase by doing some activity? Does exercising regularly strengthen the heart muscle? Take a look at this activity and help your young learners find the answers to all of these questions.
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. Finally, your young scientists will learn about the relationship between the body's need for more oxygen during physical activity and the heart's effort to deliver that oxygen. This is the third resource in a series of fitness and physical activity lessons.
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. If you have the time, make it more personal and monitor pulse rates at rest and after 20 jumping jacks. Either way, it is sure to keep your class engaged.
Teach your exercise enthusiasts to read their pulse rate at the radial artery for 15 seconds and multiply by four to calculate beats per minute. Have them perform a variety of activities, recording their heart rates after one minute of each. Though this is a classic activity to conduct when studying the heart, this particular resource provides extensive background information and a detailed lab sheet that will keep your heart rate in check as you prepare! If you are interested, how the blood is affected by space travel can also be discussed with your class.
In this regulation of the human heart rate worksheet, high schoolers learn to measure their heart rate and design an experiment to test for the affects of a stimulus on the heart rate.
Students explore the concept of heart rate.  In this heart rate activity, 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.
Middle schoolers explore heart rates. In this heart rate lesson plan, students discover the average heart rates for adolescents. Middle schoolers 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 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.
High schoolers 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.
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 improve fitness, calculating target heart rates, and prepare for the mile run physical fitness test.
Students monitor the heart rate of the test subject using the Exercise Heart Rate Monitor and evaluate the effects of hyperventilation and hypoventilation on heart rate and graph their results.
Study heart rate and how it increases as a direct result of physical activity. Your class measure their heart rate and state several reasons why heart rate increases. Finally, students explain ways to keep their heart healthy.
Students collect heart rate data using probes. In this biology lesson plan, students explain the factors affecting heart rate. They graph and analyze collected data.
Students participate in a game where they get 5 "lives." When they miss with the rope the fifth time, they go to another area in the gym. They continue jumping to keep their heart rates elevated.
Students check and record heart-rates of other classmates. They compare and design questions to explain the differences in their findings. Possible explanations might include: the effects of culture, lifestyles, age and gender on heart rate.
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. A data table and haiku worksheet are both included as well as the URLs for the related articles. Consider assigning small groups different articles to read and write about and then have them each report to the class on their subtopic or cardiovascular health. Also, be aware that the articles and video have been updated since the publication of this lesson plan, keeping it fresh for classroom use. 
Students practice moving at an appropriate pace to maintain a target heart rate.
Students determine the type of data needed to test their inferences. As homework, they check and record heart rates of fellow students, teachers and family members. During their next class period, students enter all data into the database.
Young scholars improve fitness, calculate target heart rates and prepare for the mile run physical fitness test.

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