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

If you're studying bones and muscles and nerves in your classroom, consider the memorable experience of a chicken wing dissection. Here students will see how tendons attach muscles to bones and how ligaments connect bone to bone. If you're lucky you may find a blood vessel. Dissections allow for a depth learning that's hard to capture using photos or even videos. 


Questions Answered:

  • Why do muscles come in pairs? 
  • What connects muscles to bones? 
  • What connects bones to each other?


Topics 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

raw chicken wings, 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 wings


Target Audience

Middle School Students, Ages 11-14


Student Sheets

  • Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting 
  • Diagrams for labeling

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


    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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