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Students make a model of a major skeletal muscle group. They consider how their life might change if they didn't have, or lack use of, this particular muscle group.
Eighth graders identify and label the primary and secondary muscles used to perform an exercise. Students perform an exercise on a weight machine to figure out which muscles are being used. Students illustrate the muscles used by coloring a diagram of the muscular system.
Students taking Human Anatomy and Physiology design a health club. They analyze the structure and function of various muscle groups and determine what exercise equipment works best for each muscle group, and using a desktop publishing program they design and print a brochure or print advertisement for their health club.
Learn all about the best way to stretch your major muscle groups. Nine of the major muscle groups found in the human body are listed along with discussion points on why exercise and stretching are so important to muscle development. Two types of stretches, ballistic and static, are also described.
From three-way neck rolls to a figure-5 hurdler's stretch, this is an ultimate guide to healthy exercises. It begins with a bulleted list of general guidelines on cardiorespiratory exercise, flexibility, resistance exercises, and range of motion that can be administered as reference pages to class members. The next three pages then include detailed descriptions and images of a variety of stretches and exercises, which you can choose from and demonstrate to your learners.
First graders gain knowledge and participate in activities enhancing muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. In this fitness lesson, 1st graders complete various exercise activities to test out their physical skills.
Children can do almost anything to music, so get them up and moving, working out and strengthening some major muscle groups. Using exercise bands provides some resistance, which makes the muscles work a little harder. With this lesson plan, young learners will just be moving around and grooving to the music; they will be getting stronger without even giving it a thought!
Label the major muscle groups in the human body. This worksheet is two pages, one for the anterior/front view and one for the posterior/back view. The class labels the major muscle group, the common name for the group, and identifies an exercise that works that muscle group. This could also be used in a health class when covering fitness and physical activity.
Students participate in a stretching warm-up exercise. In this physical education lesson, students warm up the large muscle groups by standing on their hands and legs in a belly up position or a belly down position. Students flip their positions after a period of time.
Students identify the muscles and body motions of the human body. In this physiology lesson, students participate in different body motions to discover and explore the muscles that they use in their arms. Students discuss the names of the muscles of the arm and their range of motion.
In this math, science, and physical education activity, students brainstorm and study about the muscles that are used while participating in different Olympic sports. They color the muscle groups of the body by follow the directions given on the sheet. They make a table that lists the muscles that are used while participating in these sports.
A handout and worksheet composed of two pages of resource information and two pages of questions that require short answers. The main idea of the handout is in choosing an exercise program. Each activity session should include a warm-up period and a cool-down period.  But most importantly, it must be realistic. Read this information and then answer the questions using a short answer format.
Students participate in a variety of activities for strength, endurance, and flexibility with the use of a jump stick. Intervals of jogging and exercises of major muscle groups add a fun element to the activity.
Students examine heart rate as they record their own activity levels and heart rate and compare them to the standard. They explore heart rate and its role in fitness using a variety of web resources and create a brochure about exercise.
Being an astronaut takes not only high mental acuity, but also a high level of physical fitness, especially for those who spend a long amount of time away from Earth, such as the astronauts serving on the International Space Station. Without the constant pull of Earth's gravity on the body, space travelers quickly lose bone density and muscle mass. See how well your middle schoolers or high schoolers understand the concept through a drawing and writing activity. Learners draw and label the bones and muscles of an arm that has been in space versus one that has been on Earth, then devise a diet and exercise plan to combat the bone and muscle atrophy of microgravity. 
Teach your exercise enthusiasts to read their pulse rate at the radial artery for 15 seconds and multiply by four to calculate beats per minute. Have them perform a variety of activities, recording their heart rates after one minute of each. Though this is a classic activity to conduct when studying the heart, this particular resource provides extensive background information and a detailed lab sheet that will keep your heart rate in check as you prepare! If you are interested, how the blood is affected by space travel can also be discussed with your class.
Students explore cardiovascular fitness. In this physical education lesson, students perform a variety of fitness exercises after reading activity explanations found in plastic eggs. Students record on a worksheet whether they personally could maintain each activity for one minute or not.
Students examine how cell's produce energy and the role that mitochondria plays.  In this muscles and mitochondria lesson plan students explore different the ways that cells can affect muscles and how it relates to energy production.
Students collect and graph data and use the internet to research the skeletal muscles.
Learners learn three different types of muscles. By building a model of the arm, they learn its basic anatomy and how muscles function in relationship to bones. They perform an experiment on the relationship between muscle size and muscle fatigue.

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