Stretching Teacher Resources
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These 10 static stretches are not presented in a lesson format but this resource can certainly be used to teach a lesson on static stretching. These stretches should definitely be used in a warm-up or cool-down activity. They focus on the major muscle groups that are used in all physical activities. Each is described clearly and a picture is included that shows the stretch and telsl which muscles are involved.
In this health activity, students find the names of the major muscles and the answers are accessed by using the button at the bottom of the page.
Students explain how biceps and triceps work. In this life science lesson, students conduct an experiment to test which muscle (biceps or triceps) is stronger. They calculate class average from the result.
Students participate in a variety of stretching activities to improve their flexibility. Each student rotates through eight stations, completing the tasks and filling out their task cards. The stations address the flexibility of biceps, triceps, latissimus dorsi, pectorals, quadriceps, hamstrings, and abdominals.
In this biology worksheet, students examine the internal functions of the human body while considering the factors needed to explain the physiological reactions.
In this math, science, and physical education worksheet, 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.
Young scholars skip around the gym floor and try to match pictures of muscles and stretches. When they find a match they must run to the Muscle Mat and call out "Muscle Match!". The class then stops skipping and faces the Muscle Mat while the student points out the match.
Students make moving models of a stretch reflex and of a crossed extensor reflex (using common materials found a hardware or craft store) to allolw them a better understanding of how relexes work.
Students explore the human body by participating in physical education exercises. In this body stretching lesson, students discuss the easiest way to injury a body and identify certain stretches that increase flexibility and limit risk. Students utilize towels, floor mats, and music to enhance their exercise.
Students recognize the many muscles in their bodies and how each of them work. They match muscle name to muscle function and record the information on a chart. In addition, they demonstrate how the bicep flexes and extends, how the quadriceps and hamstring muscles work in opposition to each other, etc.
Students review the muscles of the body. They perform the functions of the muscles of the body to the tune of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer".
For this English worksheet, students read "High Heels Shorten Women's Leg Muscles," and then respond to 1 essay, 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.
Third graders are introduced to bones as the body's means of support and protection. They research bone facts and conduct an experiment with chicken bones. They identify and observe involuntary muscles at work.
High schoolers participate in a game to identify major muscle groups in the body and gain an understanding of muscle functions.
Scientific names and the location of 95 muscles of the human body can be found on the three-dimensional animated man within this award-winning application. After identifying a muscle, delve into exercises that strengthen and stretch. Create a personalized workout that the animated muscle man will lead you through.
Learners examine how to increase flexibility it is important to stretch your muscles appropriately. They try to stretch cold tootsie rolls and examine how like muscles the warmer the more flexible.
Toward the end of the school year when the weather warms up, take your high schoolers swimming! They perform various cardiovascular activities in the pool, beginning with a warm-up activity and followed by stretching, precardio, cardiovascular, toning, and cool-down activities. Different swim strokes or gentle movements are suggested for the warm-up. Immerse your class in the swimming pool!
A lab in which high schoolers examine the difference between arteries and veins. Budding biologists will find out which blood vessel can stretch furthest, recording their data in a table then answering several questions evaluating their work and safety procedures. Note: the two PDFs shown under the downloads section are both linked to the technician notes, but the sheet for your pupils is available as a Word document.
How much activity is appropriate for elementary school youngsters? What kind of activities do they need to do? Check out the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Look to see what are age-appropriate activities for each grade level. Then use the activities included to explore the different types of activities: aerobic, anaerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening. Finally, have your youngsters plan out three days of appropriate physical activities and see if they can actually stick to the plan.
Fourth graders study how the nose and mouth prepare air for the lungs; describe how oxygen enters the body and is exchanged for carbon dioxide; and explain how muscles help the lungs to work.