Name/Title: Pedometer Science

Academic content: Science and Scientific Method, Math

Purpose of Event: 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.


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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