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Monitoring Your Heart Rate


Computers & Internet, Math, P.E. & Health, Science  


9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – Monitoring Your Heart Rate

By – Celinda Tanguma

Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education

Secondary Subject – Math, Science, Computers & Internet

Grade Level – 9 – 12

Concept / Topic To Teach:

    Heart Rate

Texas Essential of Knowledge and Skills Standards:

      116.52.c.(4) Physical activity and health.

    The student applies fitness principles during a personal fitness program. The student is expected to:

    1. explain the relationship between physical fitness and health;
    2. participate in a variety of activities that develop health-related physical fitness activities including aerobic exercise to develop cardiovascular efficiency

General Goal(s):

  • The students will demonstrate the ability to monitor their heart rate before, during, and after activities
  • The students will be able to apply the dynamic changes that take place before, during, and after activity in a PowerPoint presentation.

Specific Objectives:

  • The teacher will introduce the students to the importance of understanding the heart rate while exercising safely.
  • The teacher will explain the importance of knowing the dangers of over exercising too quickly before the heart is properly conditioned for physical activity.

Required Materials:

  • pencil
  • paper
  • computer
  • Microsoft Office (PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Internet
  • SMART Board
  • CD player

  • We Are the Champions




Anticipatory Set (Lead-In):

  • This lesson can take place in a gym or classroom.
  • The students will have background music, a computer, and a SMART Board.

Step-By-Step Procedures:

  1. Day 1: The teacher will explain to PE students the importance of knowing how to monitor their heart rate before engaging in physical activity.
    • The teacher will introduce the two methods (radial/carotid) that will be used to actively monitoring their pulse.
    • The teacher will ensure each student can locate their pulse either on their wrist (by their radius (bone by thumb), or neck (carotid artery).
    • Next, the teacher will time the students for 6 seconds and ask them to add a zero to the number they get. This will equal to 60 seconds and that will equal their resting heart rate.
    • Once the students are able to take their heart rate, the teacher will use a PowerPoint presentation and music to increase and decrease the heart rate of the students.
  2. Day 2-4: The students will then check their heart rate three days in a row prior to getting out of bed in the morning and get an average. (This will be their resting heart rate.)
  3. Day 5: The students will create a personal Excel Heart Rate Chart.
    • The teacher will play the song

      We Are the Champions

      and the students will stand and move their arms to the beat of the song.
      • When the song is finished, the students will take their heart rate and record it.
      • Using Microsoft Excel, the students will create a graph using the data recorded. They will record resting heart rate as well as their target heart rate.
    • After the students get back to their resting heart rate, the teacher will play another song and the students will move their arms to the music


      • The students will raise their arms in the shape of the letters, every time they say “YMCA”.
      • When the song is over, they will check their heart rate using one of the two methods taught.
      • The results will be recorded on their own Excel chart.
    • The teacher will then have the students log their findings and create a graph.
      • Resting Heart Rate
      • Moderate Heart Rate
      • Somewhat Strong Heart Rate

Plan for Independent Practice:

  • The students will make a PowerPoint presentation showing what their day is like after school.
  • They must pick five activities they do at home or away from school, example; reading a book, watching television, feeding their pets…
  • After completion of their PowerPoint, the students will take their heart rate for one activity each day. They must take their resting heart rate before they begin their activity and their target rate after.
  • They will record one activity per day for five consecutive days.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):

  • At the end of the five days, the students will record their findings on Excel.
  • They will be responsible for turning in a PowerPoint presentation with their findings.

Assessment Based On Objectives:

    The students will be assessed by being able to demonstrate their knowledge of the two different methods to take their heart rate and their ability to chart their findings using Microsoft PowerPoint.

Adaptations (For Students with Learning Disabilities):

    Students will be given extended time for completion of assignment. The students will also only be given three activities to monitor, which can be monitored at school (with help of teacher), instead of home.

Extensions (For Gifted Students):

    Students will be given the task to monitor a family member’s heart rate along with their own and record findings.

Possible Connections To Other Subjects:

  • Math – graphing, calculating
  • Biology – understanding of the systolic and diastolic components of the heart, and the circulatory system of the blood
  • Health – understanding the relationship of the heart and exercise


Celinda Tanguma


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