Humerus Teacher Resources
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Inferring Height From Bone Length
Students determine the relationship between bone length and height. In groups, they are told the race and gender of the individual and discuss how this affects height. They measure the lengths of the bones in metric measurements and infer the height. They develop bone/height relationship charts.
Human Anatomy- How Do We Move?
Students examine the muscular system. In this muscular system instructional activity, students first draw a realistic representation of their leg or arm bones. Students do several activities to attach these bones to "joints" with string to simulate the actual movement of our bodies.
Human Anatomy: Bones Quiz
Using this online interactive quiz worksheet, your young biologists try matching descriptions of bones to the correct name. For example, they will match "upper arm bone" to "humerus." Feedback is immediate, and students get as many chances as they need. This will serve mostly as a review or study tool, and it doesn't require critical thinking or analysis, simple memorization and practice. An image to go along with these terms would be helpful for more visual learners.
The Human Body
For any study of the human skeleton, this worksheet will come in handy. In it, learners place 19 human skeleton words in alphabetical order in the spaces provided. Then, they must write each of the words three times each in the boxes provided. Lots of language arts and handwriting practice present in this worksheet!
An Arm and A Leg
Students examine how the movements of bones are dependent on the interaction of pairs of muscles. They design and construct a prototype of an artificial limb using a syringe system, and determine whether water or air makes the appendage more efficient.
Your Bones and Joints
Here is a word search that has learners find 17 words that have to do with bones, joints, and exercise. Additionally learners must put the words in alphabetical order, then use each word to fill in the blank in three sentences. As far as word searches go, this is a good one!
A picture of a half skeleton (it's cut right down the middle) is depicted for your pupils. They must complete the right half of the skeleton, based on the structure shown on the left half. Then, they must label all of the bones using a bank of 19 bone words at the top of the worksheet. This is no easy task!
Don't be chicken to try a instructional activity that compares the anatomy of birds to humans. Read the background information so you don't have to wing it when it comes to the anatomy of a chicken. Prepare cooked chicken bones by soaking them in a bleach solution, then guide your young scientists through an exploration of bones and cartilage. Finish the activity with a comparison between chicken and human anatomy to identify the similarities and differences. Note: be sure to allow yourself enough time to prepare the bones at least a day in advance.
The Dig: Them Bones
Students compare their body parts to the bones of the "Turkana Boy" found in the roots of a thorn tree by Africa's Lake Turkana. They explore an online interactive feature on the National Geographic Xpedition website, and label a traced outline of their own bodies.
The Bones and Joints
A word search that has a variety of bone and joint words hidden in it is here for you. There are 18 words altogether, and pupils have to draw a picture of a skull on the bottom of the instructional activity. An answer key is not provided.
Character Building from Inside Out
Students relate the facial muscle location with a person's expressions. In this visual arts lesson, students write a fictional story about a character. They use digital cameras and computer softwares to create an animation film about it.
The Case of the Biological Biosphere: Health, Math, Technology
Students investigate various aspects of the human body in this imaginative Tree House Detective episode about the biological biosphere. In a series of They take measurements, analyze data, and use technology. The lessons revolve around a video which is not provided on the website.
The Human Skeletal System: Inside and Out
Students study bone size, structure and shape. They use various geometrical shapes to make a skeleton and produce a poster depicting the skeletal system and its functions. They arrange the pictures into the five sections, glue on poster paper and color and use magic markers to write facts next to each section.
Students learn the correct names of various bones in the human body by using locomotor skills. They, in groups, move to the "pile of bones" to get the specified piece of the skeleton and the label required and return to the group.
No Bones About It
Students conduct Internet research on the different parts of the skeletal system. Then they create a model arm that demonstrates how muscle and bone work together to create movement.
What is the Evidence for Evolution?
Students identify one object that would tell the story of their lives. In groups, they determine what can and cannot be told from objects left behind. After watching a video, they compare and contrast chicken bones to human bones. To end the lesson, they create a timeline of the Cenozoic Era.
Boosting Your Memory
In this memory learning exercise, students learn about three different ways to memorize given information. They make up phrases to help remember lists and they create mental maps to remember terms. They put what they learned to the test and explain how they would memorize two lists.
The Skeletal System
Students research the skeletal system. In this anatomy lesson, students measure their bodies to find the approximate length of their bones. They draw and cut out each of the bones and then attach them using brads or glue.
Predictions from Data and Graphs
Learners solve real world story problems using algebra. In this algebra problem solving lesson, students use information about bone measurement to predict gender using algebraic equations. Learners organize data, represent the information on a graph, and write an explanation of how they used the data to draw a conclusion. Several similar story problems are given for group solving activities.
Students learn three different types of muscles. By building a model of the arm, they learn its basic anatomy and how muscles function in relationship to bones. They perform an experiment on the relationship between muscle size and muscle fatigue.