The lesson provides a basic introduction to the human skeleton and general information about bones. Only a few of the bones are given their scientific names, since the lesson focuses on the fragility of bones and why it is so important that we work to keep them healthy and strong. Students are also introduced to muscles and tendons and how they are related to the skeleton as part of this lesson. Interactive websites and videos are included with the lesson to enhance student engagement, particularly if you do not have a skeleton in your classroom to use as an example.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Ask: Have you ever broken a bone or known someone who broke a bone? What was it like? How long did it take for the bone to heal?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the conversation to the bones of the body.
- Distribute Bones content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the closing of the lesson. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions for each page. Distribute supplies, scissors, colored pencils, glue, construction paper. Allow students to shade in the glued pieces. Students may need to borrow colored pencils for the second page. 12 colors will be needed.
- Distribute Practice page. Remind students of the repeats in the list. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask: Which bone in your body would you miss the most if it was no longer there? Why?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Many students may choose the arm they use for activities, etc.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1.B, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.2
Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1-2 class sessions
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