If you're studying bones and muscles and nerves in your classroom, consider the memorable experience of a chicken foot dissection. Once kids see how the dorsal and ventral tendons are arranged and how similar they are to the human hand. After this study they'll never see their hand in the same way again. 

 

Questions Answered:

  • How do muscles produce extension and flexion? 
  • What tendons cause the foot to flex? 
  • What tendons cause the foot to extend?

 

Topics Addressed:

  • Tendons connect muscles to bones 
  • Contracting muscles may either flex or extend limbs

 

Materials Needed

raw chicken feet, dissection (or small, sharp) scissors, tray

 

Answer Key

Yes! Plus 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. 

 

Teaching Time 

About 20–30 minutes, longer with included writing assignment

 

Preparation Time

purchase chicken feet

 

Target Audience

Middle School Students, Ages 11-14

 

Student Sheets

  • Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting 
  • Diagrams for labeling

Chicken Foot Dissection: Bones and Muscles and Tendons Study, PDF Instructions

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    Answer Keys and Teacher Notes address most questions and issues that might arise in this study—you shouldn’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.

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