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Movement, Control, and Coordination
Muscle and Nerve Basics

Grades 6-9

Students explore the basics of muscle and nerve action through a variety
of model building, role play, and dissection activities. Students examine
the basic structure of muscle action on bones through the dissection of
a Cornish hen. Students analyze scientist's microscopic observations
of muscles to develop a sliding filament model. Through role play,
they develop an understanding of how sliding filaments can result in
muscle contraction. The basic organization of the nervous system is
also explored. Students participate in a role play that demonstrates
how a nerve impulse is transmitted down the length of the axon and
across the synapse. Students also have the opportunity to test the
behavior of their own nervous systems.

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