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Looking Good, Feeling Good: From the Inside Out (Exploring Bone, Muscle, and Skin)

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Students learn about the structures of the musculoskeletal and skin systems, the interactions between these body systems, and the factors that influence their functions.

Major Concept for Students
1. It’s Alive! Or Is It?Understand that bone, muscle, and skin are living systems composed of cells.
2. What Makes Bones Strong?Bone structure, dependent in part on minerals and collagen, affects bone strength.
3. Anatomy of a KickMuscles attach to bone joints and contract to produce movement, such as kicking.
4. Use It or Lose ItMuscle mass is increased by resistance training and decreased if resistance training ceases.
5. Helping the Body Build Strong BonesDiet and weight-bearing exercise affect bone-mineral content and overall bone health.
6. Shining the Light on SkinThe intensity of sunlight exposure is influenced by various factors, and sun-protection items vary in their effectiveness.
7. Decisions Today for a Healthy TomorrowBone, muscle, and skin systems interact with the rest of the body, and their health is influenced by many factors, including behaviors we can control.
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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

“The engage activities were wonderful. The ones at the beginning of the unit with the skin, bone, and muscle got the students going!” --Field-test Teacher

“The experiments engaged my students more than I expected. I was surprised by the number of questions related to the studies they brought up.” --Field-test Teacher

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