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Human Body Systems: Let's Explore our Muscular System


Students will love learning about the Muscular System with this fun and complete resource! This unit has it all! It includes leveled reading passages, hands-on activities, vocabulary posters, organizers, comprehension questions, and a 5-page flipbook! The passages come in THREE levels of difficulty so you can meet each student's reading level with the same content information.

What's Inside:

✔Muscles are Powerful

✔Show Us Your Muscles

✔A Powerful Team

✔Get the Skinny on Skin

✔Controlling Body Temperature is a Cool Job!

✔Comprehension Questions

✔Muscular System Organizers

✔Label the Cell Diagram

✔Three Types of Muscles Cut-and-Sort Activity

✔Jobs of our Skin

✔Color the Muscular Facts Activity

✔Three short videos shared from safeshare.tv

✔Character Study on Rosalind Franklin

✔Vocabulary Posters

✔Vocabulary Flip Flaps (great for science notebooks)

✔Spotlight on Vocabulary

✔PLUS a 5 Page Flip Book

There are three main activities:

Read. Connect. Create.


Introduce the six vocabulary words with the real-life photo posters included. You could post these posters around the classroom and have students travel around to match up and define the words in their flip flaps or use as a center activity. These posters make an attractive bulletin board display in a snap!


Introduce the unit by having students answer (predict) the questions in the anticipatory set. Come back at the end of the unit to check and correct their answers. Next, have students read the passages about the human body, cells, muscular system and our skin. Then they can complete the organizers and comprehension questions. Students will love meeting and learning about Rosalind Franklin.

Interactive Activities:

There are lots of hands-on activities in this pack depending on the age of your students and time allotted for this unit.

✔Three Types of Muscles Cut-and-Sort Activity

✔Color the Facts Activity

✔Label the Cell Diagram

✔Watch three short videos shared from safeshare.tv

✔Jobs of our Skin Organizer

✔Types of Muscle Organizer

✔Vocabulary Activities

✔Rosalind Franklin Character Study & Facts

✔5-Page Flipbook 

Have students complete the Flipbook and build it page by page. I usually have them do one page at each center or learning station. They can use the articles as a reference source to help them complete the pages of the booklet. Lastly, they cut, color, and assemble the booklet. Flip-up books can be glued or stapled inside their interactive notebooks, file folder, or a 12x18 piece of construction paper folded like a book cover.

This is a Digital Download. No Physical Product will be shipped. 


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    • For personal use, classroom use, and non-commercial use only. It is unlawful to distribute any part of this file for any reason (whether they are free or for purchase).
  • Clipart, graphics, photographs, found inside this product are copyrighted. They may not be extracted from this file without written permission from the original artist(s).
  • We'd love to see how you use these activities in your classroom--- Tag @heart2heartteaching on Instagram!


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For Microsoft Windows:

  1. Right click  on the ZIP folder
  2. Choose Extract All from the menu
  3. Choose a place to save the file
  4. Click Extract

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Where do I print my download?
For BEST RESULTS, print the posters on the premium brochure and flyer paper from Office Depot. Using this paper gives the posters a vibrant look that really makes the colors pop! Or send the file to a print shop. But don't worry about that if you need these quickly! Just print on regular paper on the best quality setting on your printer.

Having Printing Issues?  

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After downloading and installing Adobe Acrobat Reader:

  1. Open the PDF
  2. Click Print
  3. Select Shrink oversized pages
  4. Click Advanced
  5. Check the box: Print As Image
  6. Click Print