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Heart and Lungs

In this environmental health activity, learners investigate their breathing and pulse rates, and learn how these measurements are affected by physical activity. There are three parts to this activity. Part 1 can be integrated into a mathematics or art lesson on symmetry. In parts 2 and 3, learners collect and graph data. This lesson guide includes background information and bilingual (English/Spanish) handouts.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

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

English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)

  • 12 sheets of red construction paper
  • 12 sheets of blue construction paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Stopwatch with a second hand, wristwatches or classroom clock
  • Scissors
  • Copies of student sheets


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

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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


Foreign language versions of this resource:

Components that are part of this resource:

Includes assesments for student learning

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Moreno, Nancy P.; Tharp, Barbara Z.; Dresden, Judith H.


  • All Rights Reserved, Baylor College of Medicine, ©2010

Funding Sources:

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, R25 ES06932
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, R25 ES010698