Muscles

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Our Muscles Lesson Plan introduces students to the muscles of the body, including the different types, plus the most common muscles. Many of the students will be familiar with some of the muscle names but may not know the exact location. It is also important to stress the difference between voluntary and involuntary muscles. There are excellent additional resources including videos and interactives for student use. Student access to the Internet is highly recommended during the lesson.

Muscles Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Muscles.
  • The lesson introduces students to the muscles of the body, including the different types, plus the most common muscles.
  • Many of the students will be familiar with some of the muscle names but may not know the exact location.
  • It is also important to stress the difference between voluntary and involuntary muscles.
  • There are excellent additional resources including videos and interactives for student use.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Our Muscles Lesson Plan introduces students to the muscles of the body, including the different types, plus the most common muscles. Many of the students will be familiar with some of the muscle names but may not know the exact location. It is also important to stress the difference between voluntary and involuntary muscles. There are excellent additional resources including videos and interactives for student use. Student access to the Internet is highly recommended during the lesson.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask students: Which movements of your body are most important to you and why? (Examples of responses may be moving the arm to eat, kicking a ball, bending at the waist, singing, eating, etc.)
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Challenge students to think of a movement related to staying alive, such as the heart beating, digestion, etc.
  3. Distribute Muscles content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Poses can include the leg kicking a ball, arm in the air, etc. Pair students. Distribute supplies. Allow students sufficient time to complete the cut-outs, label, and answer the questions.
  5. Once completed, students share and explain the cut-out, responding and discussing one or more of the questions.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Allow student volunteers to read aloud their muscle stories.
  8. In closing, ask: Which muscle of your body do you think would be the most difficult to live without? Why?
  9. Allow for responses and discussion. (Optional: Discuss diseases and illnesses that may have a negative effect on the muscles of the body.)

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Science

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02/14/2018
Susan M.
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Engaged Classroom

My class loved it - when my principal walked in, she saw every student working. The activity helped my kids remember the muscle groups and decorate our hallway at the same time.