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Heart and Lungs

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, Barbara Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.


This activity works best with the class divided into 2-person teams, with team members taking turns monitoring each other. Conduct this activity with the entire class if you teach young students who are not yet able to tell time.

Materials per student group

  • Stopwatch with a second hand, wrist watches, or classroom clock

Materials per student 

  • Pair of scissors
  • ½ sheet of blue 9-in. x 12-in. construction paper. )
  • ½ sheet of red 9-in. x 12-in. construction paper. 
  • Copy of the student sheet, "Heart and Lungs Cut-Outs" 
  • 2 copies of the "Heart and Lungs Data Sheet" (one for resting heart and breathing rate, and one for heart and breathing rate after exercise)
  • Chart paper


Cut sheets of 9x12 in construction paper (blue and red) in half horizontally to make 9x6 in. sheets. 

Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Numbers: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932

Houston Endowment Inc.

Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education