This lesson introduces students to taking their heart rate, identifying muscles and bones, and learning some interesting facts about the human body. I use a powerpoint (The Human Body), but you don’t have to.
I start with a heart rate activity. You can give each student a Heart Rate worksheet, or just go over the information verbally/on the board. You can also get students active by having them perform a variety of tasks and then taking their heart rate. Discuss why their heart rate increases during exercise, what can change their pulse besides exercise, and how they can keep their hearts healthy.
We then get into teams and play a muscle and bone game. Students will get a How Well Do You Know Your Bones handout, a pair of scissors, and some tape. The students will work together to tape the names of the bones where they think that they belong onto one of their teammates. After a few minutes, I will call all of those with the names taped onto them to the front of the class and we will go through each bone and keep a tally of how many each team placed correctly. We will then do the same thing with the How Well Do You Know Your Muscles handout.
To reinforce the names of the muscles and bones, we play “Simon Says”. I will play the first round with bones, the second round with muscles, and the final round with muscles and bones. I will have them touching certain muscles and bones, as well as doing actions (ex. “Simon says jump three times”). If a student is too slow, incorrect, or does something when Simon hasn’t said to they can be out of the game, or you may choose for them to do an action (ex. 10 jumping jacks).
We then go over some ways to take care of our bodies and I play a great video by the Heart an Stroke Foundation: Make Health Last. What will your last 10 years look like?
Students then do a quick quiz and we finish by rejoining our teams from before and playing the Human Body Flashcard Game.