‘Coach Bones’ and ‘Mr. Muscles’ teach school kids about their bodies
Nine years ago, “magic words” were brought into the Gulf Breeze Elementary physical education program to enrich students vocabulary with knowledge of their body and allowed our PE teachers to begin using anatomically correct names for body parts when addressing students.
In the first 18 weeks of school, names of different muscles are introduced. In the final 18 weeks of school, a bone from the human skeleton is selected as the word of the week.
“In the past, teachers could only talk about the bone and have students find it on their own body. The activity became a listening activity as students had a hard time connecting the word to their own bodies,” Mrs. Kim McChesney, Assistant Principal, said. “We wanted a better way to make it real for all students. We are so excited to introduce ‘Coach Bones’ and ‘Mr. Muscles!’”
“Coach Bones and Mr. Muscles allow our students to see the muscles and bones in a visual manner. In only a few short weeks, our students are able to remember certain bones and muscles much faster with the two new coaches helping out. On Fitness Fridays, we will have students test their knowledge and label different muscles and bones,” Mrs. McChesney said.
If you see “Coach Bones” and “Mr. Muscles” hanging around our school, please say, “Hi” and ask your students about the bones and muscles.