Stretching Teacher Resources
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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.
Students explain how biceps and triceps work. In this life science instructional activity, 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.
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.
This is a fabulous presentation which should reinforce all aspects of muscle construction on a gross anatomical and micro level. There are slides to help understanding with the muscle fiber anatomy, and many labelled diagrams to explain muscle contraction. The second half of the presentation gives information about muscle fatigue, botox and problems such as Lou Gerhig's disease.
These 10 static stretches are not presented in a lesson plan format but this resource can certainly be used to teach a lesson plan 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 biology learning exercise, 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, 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.
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.
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 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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students rotate through ten physical fitness stations. They perform various stretching and strengthening activities for three minutes at a time.
Students investigate the muscle system operating in the kick of a ball. The order in which the six muscle groups contract is noted as the movement is produced by the contraction of opposing muscles required to move a limb in opposing directions,
Fifth graders determine what muscles do and identify the different types. In this muscle instructional activity, 5th graders discuss what they know about muscles before looking at the book, The Human Body by Jonathan Miller. They take a teacher made assessment. The associated PowerPoint presentation does not open.