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This teaching resource was developed by a K-12 science teacher in the American Physiological SocietyÂs 2008 Frontiers in Physiology Program. For more information on this program, please visit www.frontiersinphys.org. This is an inquiry based student investigation of the mechanics of movement. Students will build levers to investigate the relationship between size, strength, and leverage. Then they will research wing function, develop a hypothesis about the function of chicken wings, design a way to test this hypothesis, and design an exercise program to improve a specific motion. This activity should follow a unit on the skeletal system as used and an entry activity to a unit on the muscular system. Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to: understand the how muscles, tendons, bones, joints, and ligaments work together to produce movement, describe relationship between bone length and muscle size, and explain the benefit of antagonistic pairing of muscles.
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