Integrative Joint Activity

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Help your Anatomy & Physiology students put it all together! Joints, bones, muscles, and movements! Chances are that in following the textbook, you have discussed bones in one chapter and then muscles in another. When do students put it all together?

This activity will encourage students to synthesize what they have learned about bones, muscles, movements and joints, therefore, this activity is best used after these topics have been covered in class. Promote teamwork or have students work individually.

You will receive a digital Word presentation (32 pages) with a table for each joint. This is included as a .pdf file also. Both the student worksheets and instructor key are included. The joints included in this activity are the following:
• Shoulder
• Elbow
• Hip
• Intercarpal joint of wrist
• Ankle
• Interphalageal joints of fingers
• Proximal radio-ulnar joint
• Atlanto-axial joint
• Metacarpophalageal joint
• Carpometacarpal joint of thumb
• Suture
• Distal tibiofibular
• Intervertebral
• Sternocostal (first)
• Pubic symphysis

For each joint, students will do the following:
• list the type of joint (Fibrous, Cartilaginous, Synovial)
• list the subtype where applicable (sutures, syndesmoses, syncondroses, symphyses, plane, hinge, pivot, condyloid, saddle, ball and socket)
• list the bones (and bone markings) that make up the joint
• list the movement (synarthrotic, amphiarthrotic, diarthrotic)
• list the types of movements (flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, circumduction, rotation)
• list the muscles involved in the action (most common muscles studied in an anatomy course)

Grades: This activity is best used for Anatomy and Physiology in high school or in college. It is especially well-suited for a community college course in Anatomy and Physiology that serve as pre-requisites for nursing and other allied health fields.

Time: Due to its versatility, students could spend only 15 minutes a day or up to an entire 2 to 3 hour class period depending on how the instructor prefers to utilize the activity. It can also be split over two to three class periods to reinforce concepts and improve mastery. Students can review a single joint a day or more than one at a time.

Student Preparation: This is best used as a review after students have learned bones and muscles.

Standards: Life Science: Comparative Anatomy and Physiology

Grades 9-12 – use as review of previous material
Bones, muscles, joints and movements

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Teaching Duration
2 hours

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Integrative Joint Activity
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Integrative Joint Activity