In this activity, students calculate the number of times their hearts have beaten since they were born.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • explain that their heart (cardiac muscle) is an involuntary muscle
  • locate their pulse and determine pulse rate
  • investigate and find meaning for very large numbers

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • extension ideas

Download the Excel file (see link below) for the heartbeat calculator.

    Published 21 June 2007, Updated 22 November 2013