Muscle Fibers

This Muscle Fibers lesson plan also includes:

What better way to learn about muscle than by dissecting one? Using cow muscle (beef), learners compare bundles of yarn to muscle fibers as they explore each. The supplemental reading about astronauts losing muscle mass in space and what types of tests are being conducted to combat that atrophy adds real-world value to the lesson, as well as a hook to engage kids. Although the publisher states the lesson is for grades 3-12, it is most developmentally appropriate for middle school or high school.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • First-hand experience exploring actual muscle brings the learning to life
  • Simple directions for both teacher and pupil
  • Graphic organizers in the worksheet help learners stay organized
Cons

  • Some learners may opt out due to use of meat
  • Discussion questions may be too difficult for younger learners
NGSS