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Human Body Series - Bones, Muscles, and Joints
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.
3rd - 5th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Moving and Growing: Joints
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.
5th - 6th Science
Bones Provide Great Support!
How do bones help people move around? A science investigation prompts kids to draw arrows to certain bones that protect their organs. After they finish, they trace their hands on a piece of paper and trace the way their bones go. Great for a human body lesson, or linked to a Halloween activity!
3rd - 4th Science
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!
2nd - 4th English Language Arts
The Human Body: Bones
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.
4th - 7th Science
To the Point on Joints!
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.
Human Body Series - Bones, Muscles, and Joints Quiz
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.
9th - 12th Science
Bill Nye The Science Guy on Bones
The hip bone connected to the leg bone, and your life science learners connected to the screen! Fun facts about the skeletal system are displayed before Bill explains how joints work. Hinge, saddle, ball-and-socket, gliding, and fixed joints are all introduced in this vivacious video clip.
2 mins 5th - 10th Science
Don't be chicken to try a lesson plan 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.
3rd - 12th Science
Your Energy Out
How much activity is appropriate for elementary school youngsters? What kind of activities do they need to do? Check out the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Look to see what are age-appropriate activities for each grade level. Then use the activities included to explore the different types of activities: aerobic, anaerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening.
3rd - 5th Physical Education