Pulse of Life: Measure Your Pulse

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In this activity, learners take their own pulse and explore how heart rate is affected by various activities. Learners can then track their heart rate on the chart provided, and compare their heart rate to others. This activity contains information about the effects of exercise, age, fitness, and hormones on heart rate. [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:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • clock or watch with a second hand
  • paper and pencil
  • calculator (optional)
  • pulse


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Circulation
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation

Informal Categories

  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Science Museum of Minnesota, 2000

Funding Source:

  • Medtronic Foundation