Bones and Muscles and Tendons Study through Dissection: PDF and Video

Bones and Muscles and Tendons Study through Dissection: PDF and Video
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  1. If you're studying bones and muscles and nerves in your classroom, consider the memorable experience of a chicken foot dissection. Once kids see how the dorsal and ventral tendons are arranged and how similar they are to the human hand. After this study they'll never see their hand in the same way a
  2. If you're studying bones and muscles and nerves in your classroom, consider the memorable experience of a chicken wing dissection. Here students will see how tendons attach muscles to bones and how ligaments connect bone to bone. If you're lucky you may find a blood vessel. Dissections allow for a d
  3. If you're studying the skeletal system, this is a great hands-on activity. This video looks at the anatomy of a chicken wing. Students learn how to identify structures such as muscles, bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Muscle function is investigated as students look at flexing and extending
  4. This video looks at the anatomy of a chicken foot. Students learn how to identify tendons and the difference between the dorsal and ventral sides of the foot. Muscle function is discussed as students work to flex and extending the digits of the foot. Engaging Science Labs produces materials that
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If you're studying bones and muscles and nerves in your classroom, consider the memorable experience of a chicken wing and/or chicken foot dissection. Here students will see how tendons attach muscles to bones and how ligaments connect bone to bone. If you're lucky you may find a blood vessel. Videos can be watched before or after the actual dissection but aren't intended to replace it! Dissections allow for a depth learning that's hard to capture using photos or even videos.

Questions Answered:

  • Why do muscles come in pairs?
  • What connects muscles to bones?
  • What connects bones to each other?


Topics Addressed:

  • Muscles can only pull, they cannot push
  • Muscles come in pairs
  • Tendons connect muscles to bones
  • Ligaments connect bones to bones
  • Contracting muscles may either flex or extend limbs


Materials Needed
raw chicken wings and/or feet; dissection (or small, sharp) scissors, tray


Other resources
Click here to see companion curricular pieces:
Bones, Muscles, & Nerves Collection

Answer Key
Yes! Plus extensive teacher notes address the many questions that come up. You shouldn’t have to do outside research on this topic unless you want to. Specific charts and graphic organizers have keys.

Teaching Time
30+ minutes per dissection; longer with included writing assignment

Preparation Time
purchase chicken wings and feet


Target Audience
Middle School Students, Ages 11-14

Student Sheets

  • Scaffolded writing prompts & lab notes
  • Diagrams for labeling


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Copyright © Carolyn Balch. All rights reserved by the author. This product is to be used by the original downloader only. Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements found in this PDF are copyrighted and cannot be extracted and used outside of this file without permission or license. Intended for classroom and personal use ONLY.

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10 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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