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Good Stress


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Good Stress

In this activity about physical stress (page 28 of PDF), learners discover that muscles and bones need to work to stay strong. In part 1, learners investigate how physical stress can affect bone (a hard material) by bending plastic knives. In part 2, learners explore the effects of stress on the muscles in their hands by predicting and counting the number of times they can "click" a clothespin. Learners will conduct this experiment every other day for two weeks to discover that their muscles grow stronger with conditioning. This guide includes background information, extensions, and a data sheet.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 4 weeks

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Skeleton
      • Muscles and Skin
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Rate
    • Reasoning and Proof
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Baylor College of Medicine, ©2000

Funding Source:

  • NASA, NCC9-58

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