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Muscle Contraction Classroom Activity

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Description This resource describes a classroom activity in which students participate in a simulation of excitation-contraction coupling by playing the roles of the molecules and ion involved in the process. Students report that participating in this activity helps them visualize the events leading to muscle contraction.
Type of Resource Assignment/Activity (Non-Laboratory/Non-Hands on Activity)
Format Portable Document Format - PDF
Janice Fritz, St. Clair County Community College
Development Date August 8, 2014
Grade/Age Levels Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By LifeSciTRC Board
Review Date October 17, 2014
Funding Source None
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Kyle Farley, High School

This is a good hands-on/minds on activity that allows students to get a more concrete experience with a fairly complicated and abstract phenomenon.   

Dan Bartsch, Billings Senior High

This looks like a great student activity.  My students have difficulty understanding this concept.  Having them act it out should help.  I like that you have everything from binding of neuromuscular transmitter to relaxing the sarcomere.  It allows me to use it all at once or over multiple periods.

Clay McCastlain, Ark State Univ-Heber Springs

This is a wonderful resource to demonstrate excitation-contraction coupling by having students act out the events in the muscle cell. It will be a great addition to my physiology class. I hope to adapt it to demonstrate action potential in nerve cells and to compare contraction in cariac muscle and smooth muscle as well. My only suggestion would be to add a drawing of the classroom set up.

Cynthia Motzny, Roosevelt University

Interesting group activity to demonstrate the various steps in the process of excitation-contraction coupling.

Erik Henriksen, University of Arizona


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