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Six Star Science Teacher-Recommended Collection: Muscles: The Art of Movement

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Description Collection Description
This collection will be used as a visual & kinesthetic means to understand muscle movement, as well as muscle location. The videos of dunking a basketball and swimming are great to use as an introduction to the muscular system. They get the students interested and ready to learn. "Burn Baby Burn" should be used midway through the muscular system discussion. "Got Wings" is a great closing activity with the dissection lab. The "Live Strong" and "Webanatomy" activities are good for review, while the case studies are a terrific form of enrichment.

How were the items in this collection used?
This collection was used as a visual & kinesthetic means to understand muscle movement, as well as muscle location. It was used as an introduction, review, and enrichment.

Who used this collection?
Anatomy & Physiology I junior & senior high school students

Student-centered instruction
Two of the lessons, "Burn Baby Burn" and "Got Wings" require the students to design labs and activities after researching and brainstorming ideas. By doing this, students take ownership of their learning and it takes on a more personal perspective. Two of the activities are videos showing and explaining muscle movement during sports. A lot of students - even if they are not athletes - can relate better to seeing something concrete that is relevant to everyday life.

Valuing diversity
Designing labs and activities allows students to draw on background knowledge, which is influenced by ethnicity, culture, and race.

Integrating technology
"YouTube" is used in the presentation of the sports videos and computers are used for research and case studies. Social networking can be incorporated as a means for groups to work outside of class. Information management will be achieved by showing students how to choose reliable resources.

Authentic assessment
Activities found on the Live Strong website have a unique approach to remembering muscle location and action that is similar to Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey. Through fun student-centered games such as this, students will have an easier time putting their learning into long-term memory. Activities that focus on brainstorming and designing labs allow students to look at concepts from their own perspective and make sense of them. The video presentations give students a real-life scenario of muscles in action to which they can relate.

Utilizing accurate and timely content information
The two inquiry-based lessons have multiple websites containing up-to-date information regarding gender differences in muscle form and function. Item 7 uses information from the Mayo Clinic's website and is constantly being updated. The Case Study website is scrutinized routinely with new case studies added as they become available.

Reflecting on teaching and learning
My students were very engaged and could actually see what was happening. It made the muscles come alive to them. I have challenged my students to come up with their own muscle activity (it doesn’t have to be videotaped) to present to the class, along with naming the muscles that are involved. It’s always great to get students up and moving and these games really do the trick. My students – 11th & 12th grade first year anatomy & physiology - were totally engaged throughout the lessons and said they had a better understanding after doing these. The case studies were very involved and my higher level students challenged each other with lively discussions.

Please enter suggestions for colleagues.
Be innovative in the way you choose to present these lessons. If they are presented too soon, the students will get frustrated by their lack of background knowledge and give up.

Type of Resource Annotated Collection
Format Multiple Formats
Tami Kepshire, Portage High School
Grade/Age Level High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Learning Time 4-6 hours
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization

Resources in Collection
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Web Site Links
Live Strong
This site has a few interactive lessons that are great for reviewing the muscle name, location, and action. The lessons are set up like Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey and memory games that will keep the students engaged.


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Some great hands on work available in this collection.  I have done several of the labs included and had students design similar videos based on the template of the "dunk" video.  Good material.

—Dan Bartsch, Billings Senior High

This collextion has 2 great lab activities ("Burn Baby Burn", and "Got Wings") that will be great for my upper level high school A&P students.  This collection would be more beneficial if the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science specifically said 

—Jeff DeJongh, Cony High School

I appreciate that this collection uses 2 labs and a video to reinforce concepts; the "Burn, Baby, Burn" inquiry lab is especially interesting.

The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science website is phenomenal; this link takes you to their general site. If you are looking for particular topics, you'll need to do an independent search on their website. 

If you intend for your students to use the "WebAnatomy" website, prepare a thorough plan for how you would like students to proceed once they are there. This link takes you to the main WebAnatomy page, which includes many varied topics. 

—Caitlin Johnston , Diocese of St. Petersburg