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Body System Series:  III - The Muscular System

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This podcast is part of the series: Body Systems Series


Lauren Haslam


Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville City Schools


Explore the muscular system of the human body with an overview about the three types of muscle:  smooth, skeletal, and cardiac.  Appropriate for grades 6-12.


Length: 02:14

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (9-12) Anatomy and Physiology Elective
1. Use appropriate anatomical terminology.
Examples: proximal, superficial, medial, supine, superior, inferior, anterior, posterior
SC (9-12) Anatomy and Physiology Elective
7. Identify major muscles, including origins, insertions, and actions.
  • Describing common types of body movements, including flexion, extension, abduction, and adduction
  • Classifying muscles based on functions in the body, including prime movers, antagonists, synergists, and fixators
  • Comparing skeletal, smooth, and cardiac muscles based on their microscopic anatomy
  • Identifying diseases and disorders of the muscular system
  • Examples: muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, strain
    SC2015 (9-12) Human Anatomy and Physiology
    5. Develop and use models to illustrate the anatomy of the muscular system, including muscle locations and groups, actions, origins and insertions.
    a. Plan and conduct investigations to explain the physiology of the muscular system (e.g., muscle contraction/relaxation, muscle fatigue, muscle tone), including pathological conditions (e.g., muscular dystrophy).


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