Video: Dissection of a Chicken Wing exploring muscles, bones, and tendons

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 muscles. In the Digging Deeper section, students look at blood vessels and fascia.

The video includes three parts:
1) Main content, directed to the learner
2) Digging Deeper a more in-depth look at the topic
3) Teacher to Teacher—hints and helps and things to keep in mind when dissecting in the classroom. Additional videos and written materials on this topic are available, however these are optional; this video stands alone.

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Concepts 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
chicken wing, dissecting tray, dissecting tools, gloves

Time Required
Total run time 9 minutes

Other resources
If you are looking for written directions to a lab such as this, click here to see the companion curriculum:
Chicken Wing and Foot Dissections

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

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