Grant Proposal for Pedometer Usage in a Curriculum
by Eric H. Carver
Incorporating timed physical actives with the benifits of
cross curriculum learning.
- Make students aware of how timed physical activity increase
- Provide additional academic learning aids outside the
realm of physical education
- Create school togetherness with the help of student physical
- Provide a fun and active learning environment
This project is designed to help make students, as well as
teachers, understand the importance of increased physical
activity in a timed fashion. With the aid of a step counter
that comes equipped with an exercise time feature. (Attached
at the waistband of students) The user becomes acutely aware
of their physical demand output in a regulated rate of time.
Students exercise performance can now be monitored to calculate
the level of intensity in a physical education program. This
step counter in conjunction with the exercise time feature
brings the accountability back to the students. Physical Educators
can now have validated proof of a student's level of performance.
Knowing a student's exercise performance will aid the teacher
in their curriculum. This knowledge will give direct feed
for targeted heart rate zones.
Students at any age level need to be taught that timed exercise
is beneficial to their health and well being as it increases
heart rate and caloric expenditure. Introducing a pedometer
in a student's education will be a visual reminder of the
importance for a healthier lifestyle. The exercise-timed feature
of the pedometer gives immediate feed back to the students
The use of pedometers as a mileage tool for an educational
walking program brings additional learning to the physical
education classroom. Tracking the student's distance through
exercise, then charting their progress as a whole on a map
will bring cross-referenced learning into the curriculum.
Visiting various places of interest (Capitals, landmarks,
historical sites, etc.) will open up exciting areas unknown
to physical education. This type of learning can include the
entire student body and other educational departments in the
The use of pedometers in a physical education program will
combine both the physical and mental aspects of learning,
as well as school togetherness as they work as one to reach
Health and Educational Benefits of Pedometer Usage
in a Curriculum
How many students will benefit?
At ACE High Middle School in Plainfield, IL there are 2,525
student and faculty. This project will include all student
and teacher body.
How does this project improve student learning?
Learning will take place through the physical activity performance.
This learning will increase the student's awareness of an
increased exercise pace through a shortened period of activity.
Heart rate and target zones for students can be used on an
average for a higher level of physical output. Pedometer usage
in calculating steps to miles will help increase a student's
mathematics by converting the number of steps take into miles
walked. The mileage conversions then can be transposed on
to a map board for visual charting in order to reach a desired
destination. With use of the information students will be
able to visit any number of points of education interests
that is chosen. The physical exertion of learning now has
transformed into mental and creative aspects of a curriculum.
By having students involved in more than just physical activity
it encourages them to increase their output to reach a rewarded
goal. Having such a goal will help motivate a students desire
to achieve more. The health benefits will then be increased
with these cross curriculum teachings. Educating in this manor
can be generated with the aid of other teachers in other various
departments of learning. History, Math, Science, and English
just to name a few. Each can offer different cross curriculum
learning materials that will educate students through physical
How will I evaluate the effectiveness of the project?
Students will have personalized corresponding portfolios
for tracking steps, timed activities, and distance traveled
per physical education session. Mileage cards will be used
in everyday class settings then transposed on to a master
sheet. This information then can be assessed from class to
class or semester to semester. Validating a student's level
of performance can be used in conferences and grading evaluation.
Step to mile conversion will be calculated and charted on
to a posted map board for visual referencing until a goal
is reached. Progress can be seen with every step taken, as
the students strive for a desired educational location. Increased
physical output will directly reflect the distance traveled
which will intern promote student togetherness and teacher
Budget and Funding for Pedometer Usage in a Curriculum
The $8,800 grant would allow the purchase of 10 complete
PE Packs (totaling 300 pedometers) and pedometer restoration.
Objective Categories Budgeted Amount
Equipment- step counters for students $ 6,600.00
Repair/batteries/replacement $ 1,200.00
Educational display material $ 1,000.00
Total: $ 8,800.00
Line item #1:
Step counters are $22.00. 300 total step counters would be
purchased for student use; totaling 10 complete PE Packs.
30 step counters come in each PE Pack kit, which comprised
of storage containers, safety straps, incentive toe tokens,
incentive mileage tokens, award certificates, mileage tracking
cards, posters, stickers, and a teacher's program book. I
firmly believe that students can not only learn the physical
aspects of a healthier lifestyle, but the mental aspects as
well through cross curriculum learning.
Line item #2:
Batteries need to be replaced and replacement of broken step
counters would be needed. The pedometers are made of durable
plastic, but will sometimes crack and would need replacing.
Line item #3:
Educational display material will need to be purchased for
student body goal achievements. Pictures, posters, educational
material, handouts, etc. will be exhibited in the main school
display case for the entire student body and teaching staff
to view. Flyers and print out sheets will be available with
additional facts and figures. New educational material will
be shown whenever each walking distance is achieved.