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Elevation/Heart Rate Hike





Grade Levels

3rd-5th

Subjects

Mathematics
Science
Phys Ed.

Keywords

Elevation. heart rate, graph, axis, scale, correlation, interval

Forest Locations

We will be climbing Black Rock following the blue trail beginning near Aleck Meadow Reservoir and ending at Two Gates.






Materials

  •   GPS/Elevation trackers

  •          Heart rate monitor

  •          Elevation data sheet-attached

  •          Clipboard- one per triad of students

  •          Pencils- one per triad of students

  •         Graphing worksheet- attached 

  •         Extra Batteries
  •          Stopwatches or Times (optional)

Schedule

The forest activity will take approximately 1.5 hours to ascend and descend Black Rock Mountain stopping every 200 meters to record elevation and heart rate.

Pre-Forest Activity

Prior to our trip to Black Rock Forest, the teacher will need to instruct students on the use of both the GPS/Elevation tracker and the heart rate monitor. Students will need to practice using these devices prior to the trip as well as filling out the Elevation Hike Data Form.

Forest Activity

Students will hike up and down Black Rock Mountain beginning at the blue trail near Alec Meadow and ending at Two Gates. Students will stop to record elevation and heart rate on data sheet every 200 meters.

Post-Forest Activity

Students will use elevation and heart rate data collected on the hike to create a line graph that represents our hike up and down Black Rock Mountain. Students will make observations comparing and contrasting the correlation of pace, rise of incline, and heart rate.

Assessments

We will use the data collection sheet and the line graph as an authentic assessment.  We will also have students compete the following exit ticket:

  •  After Analyzing the completed line graph, what did you notice about the mountain?
  • Was there a correlation between heart rate and elevation?  Explain your results.
  • How can pace skew the results?
  • How can the results of your data help you live a healthy life?
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned from this lesson?





Learning Standards

Next Generation Science Standard:

4-ESS2-2. Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.

New York State Physical Education Standard:

Standard 1: Personal Health and Fitness - Students will have the necessary knowledge and skills to establish and maintain physical fitness, participate in physical activity, and maintain personal health.

Curriculum

Students will be hiking up Black Rock Mountain. Students will be working in groups of three during the hike- four per group if keeping track of pace with timer.. Each student will have a specific task: GPS/Elevation Tracker, Heart Rate Monitor, or Data Collector. Students will stop every 200 meters to check and record elevation and heart rate. Data will be brought back to the class to create a line graph where students can compare and contrast the correlation of pace, incline of mountain, and heartrate. 

Objectives

At the end of this lesson students will create a line graph of their hike which will include the elevation at each rest as well as heart rate.

Students will make observations comparing and contrasting the correlation of pace, rise of incline, and heart rate.

Background

TLW be guided in the proper use of GPS/Elevation tracker and heart rate monitor.

TLW be guided through the use of the data collections sheet.

TLW be guided through the steps necessary to complete and read a line graph.

Safety Concerns

Teacher will instruct students on proper attire to prevent tick bites- ie: light colored clothing, hats, hair tied back, long pants tucked into socks. Bug spray should be sprayed on hat and shoes.

Comments

Notes:

  • Record heart rates before distance traveled or elevation in meters.  Heart rates can drop quickly and skew results. 
  • In order to see a valid correlation in heart rates and elevation, keep the students moving at a quick, but sustainable pace. 
  • Try to keep the record keeping moving quickly.