What Muscle Hurts?

Scripture: Genesis 31-33

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the story of Jacob leaving and reuniting with Esau, focusing especially on Jacobs’s hip injury.
  • Students will learn that many Jews today still will not eat the meat around the hip area of animals.
  • Students will learn about the main muscles and tendons in the human body.
  • Students will participate in an activity to help them practice identifying and naming the main muscles and tendons in the human body.

Guiding Question: What are the names of the main muscles and tendons in the body and where are they located?

Materials: none

Procedure: Review the story of Jacob leaving and reuniting with Esau, focusing especially on Jacob’s hip injury. Explain to the students that many Jewish people still will not eat meat found near the hip bone of animals. It helps them remember this story and reminds them to stay close to God. Teach and review with students the major muscle and tendons in the body and where they are located. Play several rounds of Simon Say – using muscle and tendon names for the things to touch. Students will also be out if they touch the wrong muscle or tendon.

Additional Questions:

  • What foods and exercises help keep our muscles strong?

Supplemental Activity: Have more advanced students research foods and exercises that keep our muscles strong and healthy. Encourage them to share their findings with others.