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Name of Activity:

Pedometer Science

Academic content:

Science and Scientific Method, Math

Purpose of Activity:

For students to discover the parts of their school day they are most active and get the most steps on their pedometer.

Prerequisites:

Understanding of how a pedometer works and where is is worn for best scientific results.

Suggested Grade Level:

3-5

Materials Needed:

Pen/Pencil, Pedometer Science Handout, Pedometers

Physical activity:

Use of Pedometers, active times throughout day

Description of Idea

What part of the day are you most active? We make a prediction and then test our hypothesis by wearing a pedometer and going about our day as usual. At 3 points in the day we will record our data on our paper and reset our pedometer. A good scientist looks for accurate, honest data. They do not change the numbers or shake the pedometer to match the hypothesis.

Assessment Ideas:

Disuss at the end of the activity, the students results. Create a graph of of data. Draw conclusions from this data using graph or discussions.

Teaching Suggestions:

Take off pedometers and store in a quiet place during class to avoid disruption.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Students in wheelschairs can use a odometer to track chair motion.
The pedometers can be worn in other locations although not ideal.

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Submitted by Jenni Peters who teaches at North Street School in Grafton, MA. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 1/22/2017.

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