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Heart Rate and Exercise

In this activity about heart health (on page 27 of the PDF), learners measure their heart rates after a variety of physical activities and compare the results with their resting heart rates, and with the heart rates of other learners in their groups. Learners also make predictions about their pulse rates. This lesson guide includes background information, setup and management tips, extension ideas, information about the heart in space and a handout.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

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


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Stopwatch or watch with a second hand
  • CD player or other player for music
  • Two music selections without words (one song with a strong, up-tempo beat, and a second song that is slow and relaxing)
  • Copies of student sheet (p. 32)
  • Lab notebooks (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Muscles and Skin
      • Circulation
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Rate
    • Number and Operations
    • Reasoning and Proof
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Includes assesments for student learning

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Tharp, Barbara Z.; Erdmann, Deanne B.; Matyas, Marsha L.; McNeel, Ronald L.; Moreno, Nancy P.


  • All Rights Reserved, Baylor College of Medicine, ©2009

Funding Source:

  • NASA, NCC 9-58


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