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Double Dutch Distractions


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Double Dutch Distractions

This activity (page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into whether hearing or seeing has a bigger effect on jump rope performance. Groups of learners will plan a Double Dutch jump routine and count the number of moves before the jumper trips. Then, learners test the routine while the jumper listens to slow music and again while listening to fast music. Learners collect data, produce a table comparing average performance per auditory stimulus, and consider the validity of their results. An optional extension activity asks learners to investigate how a strobe light affects jump rope performance. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV: Double Dutch.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 2 ropes for jumping Double Dutch
  • a large open space with flat floor or surface
  • an mp3 player with ear buds
  • rhythmic mp3 files, some at a slow tempo, some at a fast tempo
  • optional: a strobe light

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Vision
      • Hearing
      • Perception
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Rate
    • Number and Operations
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof
    • Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound
      • Light and Optics
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Music
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Highlights STEM opportunities for this group
    • Identifies role models or mentors in STEM fields from this group
    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Source Collection:

  • DragonflyTV

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., ©2006

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 436260

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