Chapter 8: Muscular System

This chapter is divided into three main sections: muscle basics and cellular components, naming of the muscles, and cat muscles with dissection. Be prepared to spend a fair amount of time on this unit.

Part 1: Muscle Basics

Notes: Muscular System | Presentation Slides


Study Guide: Muscle Structure

Crossword Puzzle: Muscle Anatomy


Sarcomere Anatomy: Coloring


Quiz: Muscles



Getbodysmart - Muscle Contraction Physiology

Animation: Sliding Filament Theory

McGraw-Hill Sarcomere Contraction

Muscle Fascia and Myofibrils Tutorial

Grasshopper Muscle Structure and Contraction (youtube)

Interactive Tutorial on the Slidey Filament Theory at Wiley

Human Back Muscles (autopsy)


Magic School Bus Works Out - Season 3/ Episode 9 (See Netflix)


*Chapter test will occur before you continue to Part 2*

Part 2: Naming of the Muscles

Muscle Lab Guide: Checklist of muscles you need to know for the exam

Muscles Coloring: Major groups represented, color and learn!
Muscle Naming Crossword: practice spelling and identifying main groups


Full Body Muscle Flashcards - print and cut, shows full body images

Body Part Muscle Flashcards and use them to practice naming muscles.

More Labeling - Head | Full Body | Full Body Side


*As you progress through each body section below, label the corresponding images to help you learn the muscle names. Always refer back to your lab guide to determine which muscles will be on the final lab test. Coloring the muscles as you label may also be a way to remember the names.


Each of the following sections has a blank sheet for printing that can be labeled by looking at the images of that section.

Handout of the Head and Neck

Image of Head Muscles | Image of Neck Muscles


Label the Thoracic Region (chest, back & stomach)

Image of the Thoracic Region | Image of Shoulders and Back


Label the Muscles of the Legs (front and Back)

Image of Legs (front) | Image of Legs (back)


Label the Muscles of the Arm

Image of Arm (top) | Image of Arm (bottom)

Additional Practice and Other Resources

Web Anatomy at University of Minnesota - detailed guide for all muscle groups with quizzes

GetBodySmart - tutorials on major muscle groups

How Muscles are Named - short explanation of where these weird names come from


Lab Practical - For this test you will be shown slides where you must identify specific muscles, check out this Practice Test to get an idea of what the test will look like.

Part 3: Cat Muscles and Dissection

Cat Muscles Lab Guide - checklist of the muscles you need to identify on the cat

Presentation Slides - Muscles of the Arms and Chest

Presentation Slides - Muscles of the Legs and Abdomen

Coloring the Cat Muscles: Dorsal Side | Ventral Side


Cat Muscles - Photos of Muscles You Need to Know


AnatomyCorner Resources - Virtual Cat Dissection | Cat Muscle Gallery