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In this activity, students compare red and white muscle flesh and relate this to muscle function and look at muscle by dissecting a chicken thigh and leg.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • discuss the colour of muscle and how it is related to muscle function
  • locate and describe the various tissues and structures of the leg and thigh of a chicken
  • use some of the specialised vocabulary related to anatomy
  • discuss some of the similarities between the chicken leg and thigh and the human leg.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • student handout.
    Published 21 June 2007, Updated 22 November 2013