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Strengthen understanding of the musculoskeletal system with a structured lesson plan! Begin with a discussion of bones, joints, and muscles. Have small groups read assigned articles and watch videos to gather information and then write a radio commentary of how the body parts work in a sports action. Finally, learners label a diagram of the internal structure of a bone. Pick and choose from the large selection of hip resources what would be most appropriate for your learners. Note that this review retains titles for the original articles, but includes Internet addresses for the most up-to-date links.
Introduce the three types of joints found in the human body. Hinge, ball and socket, and sliding joints are discussed, examined, and defined in this short, yet informative presentation. There are a few pair-share opportunities suggested which could also work as points for class discussion.
Students explore the relationship between their skeletal and muscular systems, resulting in ability to name and compare types of joints and ability to demonstrate how muscles move bones.
In this bones and muscles worksheet, learners read about joints and muscles, then create an outline of their body on a large sheet of paper and answer related questions about their joints, bones and muscles.
Learners explore the function of bone, muscle, and skin. Pasta and rubber bands are used to model how minerals and collagen contribute to bone strength. The effects of the reduction of these substances are explored in chicken bones.
Students work together to present a chosen joint to their classmates.
Students explore the concept of the human body. They complete a variety of activities concerning the function of various organs. They listen to their heartbeat with a stethoscope, examine how muscles work during a game of tag, and play a game in which they identify the bones of the body.
Students reinforce their ability to identify bones of the body in a game setting using a Volleyball net, clothes pins, x-rays or pictures of human bones and joints.
Students describe the functions of bones in the human body. They describe the make up of a bone. They engage in a series of wonderful hands-on activitiies that reinforce learning of bones and the skeletal system.
Students examine human anatomy with a focus on the knee joint. In groups, they research the chemical makeup of human bones and explain the different types of joints found in the body. To end the lesson, they identify the other structures needed in order for movements and describe the most common knee injuries and their treatment.
Pupils identify the features of a prosthetic limb and explain how engineers are involved in the prosthetic design.  In this bone engineering instructional activity students describe the design criteria that goes into choosing the materials that go into designing prosthetics.  
Third graders identify bones, muscles and joints. They explore and investigate the interaction between bones, muscles and joints, and movement of the hand or foot. To help the teacher provides a poster of the human skeleton.
In this online interactive bones crossword puzzle worksheet, students use the 9 clues to find the appropriate answers to complete the word puzzle.
Young scholars listen to a lecture on broken bones. They review the proper first aid techniques and practice setting splints on one another. They observe X-rays and animal bones.
Students study bones. In this science lesson plan, students describe the functions of bones in the human body, what bones are comprised of, and consider how the depletion of calcium in bones causes them to become weak.
Here is an interactive PowerPoint about the skeletal system. The first slide shows the entire skeleton and allows learners to try to name each major bone structure before clicking to show the answer. The following slides provide more detailed information about each. Unfortunately, many of the graphics are blurry and need to be replaced with higher-quality images. If you have the time to make these alterations, the result will be a valuable resource for your amateur anatomists!
In this bones worksheet, students compare the axial and the appendicular skeletons. Students also review the bone components. This worksheet has 6 matching, 8 short answer, 4 fill in the blank, and 6 true or false questions.
Students discuss what type of information they can gather from bones. In groups, they travel between stations in which they can view photos and listen to actual accounts of finding bones. They focus on the tools available to Native Americans and determine how they processesd an animal with what they were given.
Students describe the functions of bones in the human body and their content. They recognize that hollow bones have more strength and comprehend that the depletion of calcium in bones causes them to become weak.
There are three different types of joints in the human body and this lesson covers them all. Students discuss the four different types of joints and how they move, they then trek over to the computer lab where they view a PowerPoint. They are expected to take notes by copying down the bold words in the PowerPoint. This lesson is OK, but would be better if you had students explore actual mechanical joints to see if they know which type of joint does what in our bodies.

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