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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, students 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.
Students 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.
Strengthen understanding of the musculoskeletal system with a structured lesson! 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.
A well-designed lesson on the skeletal system awaits your students. They perform hands-on explorations of common items, view a PowerPoint presentation, and utilize other visuals to be able to identify a hinge, ball and socket, and gliding joint in a skeleton. This is a very engaging lesson which should have your third graders very excited!
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 identify the features of a prosthetic limb and explain how engineers are involved in the prosthetic design.  In this bone engineering lesson students describe the design criteria that goes into choosing the materials that go into designing prosthetics.  
In this online interactive bones crossword puzzle worksheet, learners use the 9 clues to find the appropriate answers to complete the word puzzle.
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.
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 learning exercise, students compare the axial and the appendicular skeletons. Students also review the bone components. This learning exercise 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.
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.
Students conduct a hands-on study of bones using a laboratory skeleton and then use media center and online resources to enhance their knowledge of the bones of the human body, including diseases and injuries to the skeletal system.
Third graders conduct investigations and use the internet for research to build knowledge on the form and function of the joints in the human body. They describe the functions of different types of joints: hinge, ball and socket and gliding.
Third graders analyze the meaning of a system. They identify the skeleton as a system. Students encounter important facts about how the skeletal joints move and work together. They identify the skeleton as a system of the human body.
Seventh graders identify the common bones in the human body. In this biology activity, 7th graders research two bones assigned to them. They explain why bones are important to us.
A group of 10 questions of various styles queries your anatomy and physiology fanatics on the workings of the musculoskeletal system. Because several of the questions pertain to bone disease and more advanced topics like synovial and cartilaginous joints, this assessment is most appropriate for high schoolers. A lesson plan is available to help you put the skeletal system together for your class.
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!

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