Lesson Plan : Heart Rate Activity

Teacher Name:
 Mr. McCaffrey
Grade:
 Grade 7-8
Subject:
 PE and Health

Topic:
 Pulse Rate Monitoring and Partner Activity Demonstration
Content:
 After learning how to monitor their heart rate, students will undergo a series of activities that will change their pulse rate.
Goals:
  The goal is to have each student self-assess his or her personal fitness and make recommendations for change.
Objectives:
 Students will monitor resting pulse rate, after a long walk, after vigorous jumping jacks, after another 100 yard walk, and after a 100 yard sprint. students will then monitor their pulse after returning to the classroom and getting a brief rest. The students will have a chance to predict how their heart will react and then see the actual results after the conclusion of the testing.
Materials:
 Stopwatch, worksheet, pencil or pen, and comfortable clothing.
Introduction:
 The students will learn how to take their pulse.
Development:
 After demonstrating how to find your pulse (using the carotid artery as the testing area). The students will practice calculating their resting pulse.
Practice:
 The students will count their pulse for 6 seconds and then multiply that number by ten to get their beats per minute. The students will then count their pulse for 10 seconds and then multiply that number by six.
Accommodations:
 Students will work with a partner throughout activity and compare results.
Checking For Understanding:
 Students will discuss their results with partner and class.
Closure:
 After returning to the classroom, the students will fill out a brief questionairre regarding the activities they just concluded. This will allow time for their heart to recover and see if it returns to their original levels.
Evaluation:
 The students will compare predictions and results. Did they underestimate how much their heart rate would increase? Why? What other factors may have influenced their performance (i.e. didn't eat breakfast, just ate lunch, cold, hot, etc.)
Teacher Reflections:
 The students generally love the activity. It allows them to not only learn about their heart, but actually see and feel how their heart responds

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