# Target Heart Rate

Target Heart Rate Activity
A WebQuest for Middle School Students
Designed by Butch Houser
dhouser@wps.k12.ok.us

Introduction
Heart rate is very important when it comes to physical activity. This activity is to help you determine your target heart rate while being physically active in fun and creative ways during your PE class. Being physically active doesn’t just mean boring exercise. It can be through games and fun activities that provide entertainment as well as physical activity that is good for your health.
Each student will learn how to take their own pulse and determine their target heart rate appropriate for their age and fitness level for the most beneficial results. This can be done on an individual basis or in a classroom setting.
Use the Target Heart Rate calculator at http://exercise.about.com/cs/fitnesstools/l/bl_THR.htm to determine your target heart rate zone.
Process
www.pecentral.org
www.electrikids.com
http://www.teach-nology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/physical_ed/games/
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/games/physical-education/48748.html
http://pazz.tripod.com/lesson.html
http://weissice.com/

A sample heart rate chart to help determine the average heart beats per minute in a 30 minute time frame.
10 minute heart rate check
20 minute heart rate check
30 minute heart rate check
Avg. 30 min Heart Rate

Evaluation
After determining a target heart rate zone for each student, grades will be assessed based on individual performance and if heart rates were in the target zone or how close they were to the target zone. A class grade could also be given based on the class performance for how close the class, as a whole, came to reaching the average heart rate target of the entire class.
Conclusion
Students will learn how to take their pulse and also that reaching a target heart rate for optimal health benefits doesn’t have to be boring, monotonous exercise. It can be fun and exciting. It also gives the students a visual chart which will help motivate them to reach the goal of the target heart rate. The students will learn that each person’s target heart rate is different and that individuals must work at their own pace to ensure successful results.