Muscular System Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of the muscular system. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Muscular System 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Muscular System Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.


The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.


After completing the Muscular System 5E Lesson, students will be able to describe the functions, types, and properties of muscles. They will also know how the muscular system works with the skeletal system through connective tissue.


Distance-Learning Ready

The Muscular System Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.


Students will examine the function of the muscular system as they dissect and manipulate a chicken wing.


The Muscular System Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.


Distance-Learning Ready


Muscular System Classroom Experiences

Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about the muscular system. All of the following experiences are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Body Systems Escape Room is an immersive experience for your students. It allows them to demonstrate their knowledge of all the major body systems and their structures and functions.

Students must use what they have learned to demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of each of the different body systems to complete the escape room.


Distance-Learning Ready

stem challenges

The Project, All Hands On Deck - Design an Artificial Hand STEM Challenge uses the engineering design process to build a model of a hand that can be manipulated to pick up objects of different shapes and sizes.


Students will be using collaborative skills such as brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on their progress during the project.


At the end of the Project, All Hands On Deck - Design an Artificial Hand, STEM challenge, students are given an opportunity to share their projects outside of the classroom.


Year-Round Resources


These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.


Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the muscular system unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • What is the main function of the muscular system and how is it structured?
  • What are the main organs in this system?
Standards
  • TEKS Science 7.12 B - Identify the main functions of the systems of the human organism, including the circulatory, respiratory, skeletal, muscular, digestive, excretory, reproductive, integumentary, nervous, and endocrine systems

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