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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Muscle of the Week
Purpose of Activity:To teach students the location and function of the major muscles and to practice activities which strengthen the specific muscle group
Suggested Grade Level:3-5
Materials Needed:Washable markers; muscle chart; stretch bands for designated muscle groups
Lesson Plan:Description of Idea
On the first day during the week when I see each class in physicaleducation, I draw a muscle on my body using washable markers. This becomesour "muscle of the week". While we are warming up I introduce theproper muscle name (ex. tibialis anterior) and we practice an exercise thatstrengthens and/or stretches that muscle (for example, using stretch bandsto contract and lengthen the muscle). Throughout the class, we emphasizemovements and activities which employ the "muscle of the week" and solicitresponses from students for additional movements that use the muscle.
During the second class meeting of the week, I verbally quiz each classabout the name of the muscle, its location, movement and practicalfunctions (no muscle is drawn on my body during this class meeting.)
Note:for muscles not readily displayed, I draw the muscle on a t-shirt and /orshorts. We also remember to review the previous week's "muscles" duringthe following week.A bulletin board display can also be used to further the concept of the"muscle of the week".
Author:Lisa Euler who teaches at Margaret Beeks Elementary School in Blacksburg , VA . Posted on PEC: 3/17/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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