What is your body doing when you move?


Students will demonstrate their understanding of how the body moves by successfully completing a basic anatomy quiz.



Materials Needed

You will need to have posters of human body prepared and a quiz worksheet for each student. Classroom should also be prepared with blocks and ramps set up around the room.

Poster Board Info



Lesson Directions

Anticipatory Set/Hook
As students come in the room, ask them to put all of their stuff down against one wall and have them line up against another. Be sure that you have set up blocks and ramps all over the room, including through the center of the room. Have one student come up to the front of the class and go join the rest of the students in the line against the opposite wall. Then ask the first student, “Mother may I take ______” and begin a game of Mother May I. Don’t let the students try to move around the obstacles, but have the students move over them! Play a couple rounds of the game (about 10 minutes).




• Halfway through the last game, have students sit where they’re at, where ever they’re at. If students are sitting behind blocks and you can’t see them, invite them to move around the block so that everyone can be seen.
• Ask the students what they’ve been doing for the last 10 (or so) minutes.
• Playing Mother May I
• Goofing Off
• Ask them “What were you doing, more specifically?”
• Hopping like Bunnies
• Skipping
• Running
• Taking Giant Steps
• Taking Baby Steps
• Climbing over blocks
• Running down ramps
• “So, you were moving around the classroom and over obstacles?”
• Ask students how they were able to move. “How does your body move? What is your body doing when you move?”
• Move with muscles.
• Ask for two volunteers. Have these two students hold the two poster boards. This will begin the more lecture oriented part of the lesson. Let students ask questions and give comments as needed.
• Go over the functions, properties and types of muscles. Go over the major muscles.
• Thank your two poster holders and have them sit down. Hang the posters up on the wall.
• Have students pair up. Ask them to decide who is number one and who number two is. Tell the students that number one will be the identifier and number two will be the dummy. Ask the identifying students point on the dummy where a certain muscle is.
• Go through all of the muscles
• Deltoid
• Pectoralis major
• Biceps brachi
• Rectus Femoris
• Gastrocnemius
• Do not do “gluteus maximus” for the sake of avoiding sexual harassment accusations. Make a joke out of it saying something along the lines of “I’m sure you all know this one. There are songs that even talk about it! So since you know it so well, we’re going to just skip over this one.”
• Go over the muscles more than once. Have the students switch roles so that both can have turns identifying and being the dummy.
• Ask for another volunteer. Have the student come up in front of the class. Ask them to point out on themselves where a certain muscle is. Use one volunteer per muscle.
• Have all the students find seats again in the classroom. Take the posters down. Hand out the anatomy quiz, identical to the diagrams on the posters minus all the answers. Have students fill out the worksheet, but don’t tell them that it’s a quiz. Let them fill it out in teams or by themselves.




Go over the quiz with the students. Let them ask any questions about the worksheet. Have them turn in the worksheet.




Students will turn in the worksheet for an assessment. Students will also be assessed on their participation in classroom activities.



Author’s Notes


See attached for poster outlines and quiz worksheet. Information for posters and quiz worksheet can also be found at http://www.bioedonline.org/slides/slide01.cfm?&tk=5&jy=627&29481