Teaching students to understand the importance of checking our pulse regularly, begins with knowing how to locate our pulse and how to check/record our pulse both before and after completing exercises.
An Overview of the Lesson:
Warm-up exercise: Group warm-up activity that includes various exercises to get heart rate going.
Lesson: 'Checking our Pulse'- A short lesson about locating pulse and checking/recording pulse both before and after completing exercises.(http://www.wikihow.com/Check-Your-Pulse)
Follow-up Exercises: 5 short follow-up exercises both before and after (Students will begin to recognize and understand the difference between regular pulse and pulse after engaging in physical activity).
(1)Crunches (2)Jumping jacks (3)Push-ups
(4)Skipping rope (5)Laps of the gym
Cool-down: Reflect on what was learned and share personal observations. This will give students an opportunity to get pulses back to normal (can check it one last time to conclude, so to understand and notice the changes in pulse at all levels).
This is a great (short and simple) lesson plan to engage in with your students - and they will definitely enjoy it on all levels!