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Title of Bulletin Board: Muscle of the Month with "mr. Muscle"

Category: About the Body

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials: construction paper, velcro strips


I wanted to teach the 4th and 5th graders the muscles of the body that we use to move our bodies as we play various games throughout the school year. "Mr. Muscle" has Velcro strips placed over his body where the muscle of the month can be attached (see colored muscles attached in the picture). Each month I highlight a different muscle. We discuss where the attachments are to the bone, the action of the muscle (how does it make us move), activities, games or sports specifically that the muscle is involved in. We say the muscle out loud as a class each gym period and I have different students spell it and tell me the movement each gym period as well. At the end of the month I test them on all the muscle information we discussed each gym period.

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Submitted by Steven Zinselmeier who teaches at Mayflower Mill Elementary School in Lafayette, IN. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 3/7/2010 8:02:39 PM. Viewed 38416 times since 2/25/2010.

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This is exactly what I want to do next year. Where did you get the body & muscle posters?


Just wondering how you went about making Mr.Muscle. I am having a difficult time trying to figure out how to get one that large. Thanks!


Hey I would love to do this! Any tips on getting the images I'm not much of an artist! Thanks!

Kim Goodwin

Where did you get a poster that size?

Laurie Kocher

Wow!! How cool is this? What an awesome gym teacher this man must be!! I'd like to meet him someday. Thanks for the great ideas!


This is really cool! We learn and review bones for grades K-5. I set up an obstacle course. Students go through the course, discover a bone (in a bucket printed on a strip of paper-literacy!) and then move onto the stage and find Mr. Poly bones laid out on the floor, find and lable that cone (science). I use several variations to learn and locate about 55 bones....