Endurance: How Many Can You Do in a Row?

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Combine math and exercise with this activity. Learners count how many times in a row they can skip rope or throw and catch a ball. They try again each day, week or month and they explore how their data changes over time: Do you get better with practice? How do you know? For a harder variation, investigate influences on endurance. If you are skipping rope, does it matter if you’re barefoot or wearing shoes? What if you shut your eyes? As learners track and analyze their data, they learn about ways to organize information so that it’s easy to spot trends, and they gain meaning for the notion of baseline. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • paper
  • pencils


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Number and Operations
      • Number Systems
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories

  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Mixing in Math


  • , © 2010, TERC, Inc., MA., 2010

Funding Source:

  • NSF, ESI-0406675 and DRL-0713537