Exercise & muscles

April 25th, 2012

Yesterday there was a chorus of coughs in the classroom. Today I woke up with a dry throat. Coincidence? I think not 😦 I really dislike being sick, but it is even worse when it is nice outside!

I taught a lesson today about how exercise affects our muscles. I had my students up and moving for this lesson. I had them doing exercises in the middle of giving information. It was a nice change of pace from the usual talking/short PowerPoint. The kids got a kick out of it and begged for more. Though they also begged to stop. I guess they couldn’t make up their minds! They did jumping jacks, toe ups, squats, and lunges.

I also used response cards that had pictures of muscles before exercise and after exercise on them. The before exercise pictures show the muscle tendons being closer together, whereas the after exercise pictures show the muscle tendons further apart (they expand). The response cards were helpful, although next time I should make them larger. I also did not have the amount I needed. (I thought I counted correctly!).

Fun filled day,

Ms. Schmidt 🙂

Muscle Response Cards

This picture made me laugh a little. It made me think how much my students would complain if they had to lift weights. Haha! 🙂



April 20th, 2012

Today is a wonderful day because it is Friday! Our lesson on muscles went very well today. It was mostly a catch up day where students could finish work from previous science lessons. We worked on our flip books and added in a section about muscles. I also created a class set of mini arm dioramas that helps show that our muscles pull not push. It is a misconception that our muscles push and pull, but in fact they only pull. I had originally wanted my students to create these themselves, however after getting to know my class I realized that this would prove to be rather difficult. So I decided to make them myself, which took a rather long time for such a short demonstration.

Overall it has been a good day,

Ms. Schmidt 🙂

Inside our Bones

April 13th, 2012

Today I taught a lesson about the inside of bones. I didn’t feel 100% confident about this lesson working, but it actually went well. I showed my students a video on BrainPop as an opening. I used manipulatives while teaching them about the 3 parts of a bone (compact bone, spongy bone, and bone marrow). Each student received a drawing of a bone with the insides showing and a bag of items that represented each part. Two pieces of foam represented the compact bone, sponge for spongy bone, and silly putty for bone marrow. The silly putty wasn’t an issue like I thought it may be. I just needed to remind students to leave it alone once it was on their papers. I had students put on each piece as I gave them information about it. After giving all the information I had the students label the paper with the different parts we had just talked about. Then students got out their flip books and recorded information about the inside of the bone. Next time I will have the students create a key to color code the parts instead of drawing a line. Some students had difficulty labeling with lines. Overall this lesson worked out much better than I had anticipated. 🙂

Happy Friday!

Ms. Schmidt 🙂

Taking notes 🙂

An up close view of how we learned about the inside of bones!