Strengthen your students understanding of bones with our The Human Skeleton Lesson Plan. This engaging lesson prepares students to identify the human skeleton and name key bones of the body. The students will be able to correctly piece together the bones of the body. Engage students in peer learning and teamwork as they pair up to complete the activity of putting together the bones of the body.
Sample Classroom Procedure Snippet:
- Tell all students to stand. (Use list prepared ahead of time.) Instruct them to go through several motions with their bodies such as moving their arms in a circle, kicking motion, hopping on one or two feet, kneeling, etc. (Recall the movements you use, which will be referred to in the final step.)
- Ask: Why were you able to do all of those movements without falling down?
- Allow for responses and discussion, which should lead to the muscles and bones of the body. The students should understand that in a stationary position, the muscles, and especially the bones give structure to the body so they do not flop to the floor.
- Distribute The Human Skeleton content pages to each student. Pair students and have them read together. Instruct students to locate each of the bones on their own body as they come across it in the reading.
- Once each pair of students has completed the reading, review the content by asking students related questions to check understanding.
- Distribute the Activity pages (3) with the pieces of the bones. Instruct each student to cut apart the different bones. They are to put the skeleton together based on their knowledge from the reading.
- Remind students: SOME PIECES MAY OVERLAP.
- Once the majority of students have completed taping or gluing the pieces together, distribute the Practice page, which includes a scaled-down version of the skeleton they taped/glued together.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.7
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2-3 class sessions
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