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Microscopic Investigations of Muscles, Bones & Nerves—2 Labs w/ Writing Prompts

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What do muscles, nerves and bones look like under a microscope? How do smooth and skeletal muscles differ? Watch your students become scientists as they dig into these fascinating questions.

By starting with the scientific phenomena, you'll be intrigued and excited to dig deeper into the why’s and how’s of each scientific concept. These labs are a part of a complete unit of study on Bones, Muscles, & Nerves geared to a middle school audience (grades six through eight).

Beautifully illustrated and well laid out, these lab activities are easy to use from the very first page. Experiments are clearly organized and written to the student so they do not need to be pre-digested by a teacher before beginning. Helpful tips throughout the experiments and the Teacher Notes leave the reader in no doubt about how to perform or understand an experiment.

Both the teacher and the student are addressed in this single volume so no additional books are needed. Engaging Science Labs are useful for classroom or homeschool environments.

Topics Addressed

Investigating muscle fibers (smooth and skeletal)
Looking at bones, muscles, and nerves microscopically

Materials Needed
prepared microscope slides and microscope; raw and cooked meat cubes; calamari (or tripe)

Other resources
This is part of a complete unit on Bones, Muscles, & Nerves.
Bones, Muscles, & Nerves Complete Unit

If you prefer single labs on this topic, click here to see companion curricular pieces:
Bones, Muscles, & Nerves Collection

Answer Key
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.

Time Required
The two lab activities will each take about 30–40 minutes.

Target Audience
Middle School Students, Ages 11-14

Student Sheets
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting
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Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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