Homeostasis Lab

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Get young biologists' hearts pumping with this invigorating experiment on homeostasis. Working in small groups, one student performs jumping jacks for eight minutes while the other group members regularly record the person's vital signs, which are then graphed as the class seeks to understand how the body maintains its internal conditions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Perform this lab during a biology lesson series on aerobic respiration
  • Complete this quick experiment during a health lesson on heart rate and aerobic exercise
  • After completing the lab, have groups meet to discuss their results before summarizing the activity as a whole class

  • A clear step-by-step procedure is provided for carrying out the experiment
  • Resource is downloadable as a Word document, which allows teachers to make any desired changes
  • Lab sheet includes a table for recording and grids for graphing the subjects' vital signs
  • A series of questions engage students in reflecting on the results of the experiment

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