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.
Major Muscles of The Body
In this health worksheet, students find the names of the major muscles and the answers are accessed by using the button at the bottom of the page.
Contraction of Muscle
In this biology activity, students examine the internal functions of the human body while considering the factors needed to explain the physiological reactions.
Which Muscles?- Olympic Learn and Play Sports
In this math, science, and physical education worksheet, learners 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.
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.
Muscles in Motion
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 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.
A Stretch Reflex and a Crossed Extensor Reflex Model
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.
Stretch for Wellness
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.
Your Energy Out
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.
Sing Along with the Muscles Song
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".
Flex Those Muscles
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.
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!
Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit - Lesson 20
“A primary reason for communication is to reach UNDERSTANDING — not necessarily AGREEMENT.” Black Tiger Academy’s final martial arts instructional activity of 20 is bringing it all together to review what has been learned in the previous 19 lessons. They will form teams to play a review game testing their knowledge of terms, names of muscles, and anything else the teacher would like to check. Then they will review all the physical moves in martial arts that they have learned: stances, kicks, and blocks.
Elastic Recoil in Arteries and Veins
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.
Stretching Muscles Properly
Students 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.
Bones and Muscles
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.
Students participate in a game to identify major muscle groups in the body and gain an understanding of muscle functions.
Air Bags - The Respiratory System
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.
Natural Born Robots: Body Builders
Students perform activities to explore how their arm works and what muscles are involved. They view animated comparisons of human and robotic arms. Students create a model of the human arm.