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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. 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.
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.
Dynamic Duo: Bones and Muscles
Young scholars 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.
All About Bones and Muscles
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.
What Makes Bones Strong?
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.
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.
Joints of the Skeleton System
Students work together to present a chosen joint to their classmates.
Bones, Bones, and More Bones
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.
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!
Arm your young scientists with knowledge about anatomy as they build their own model of the elbow joint. Help them get a firm grasp on how muscles and bones interact to allow movement as they try different positions for the muscles on their models. In the activity, groups work together to create a bicep muscle simulation, then, when finished, are challenged to create a tricep. In addition to the model, each child answers some analysis questions about muscles and bones. For upper-middle school or high schoolers, encourage them to create their own, more accurate model at home.
Life Science: Exploring Our Human Bodies
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.
Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Knee Joint
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.
Rattle Your Bones and Flex Your Muscles
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.
Anatomy Crossword Puzzle: Bones
In this online interactive bones crossword puzzle instructional activity, students use the 9 clues to find the appropriate answers to complete the word puzzle.
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.
Students 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.
Bones, Bones, and More Bones
Learners 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.
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. 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!
Bones: The Body's Support
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.
What Can We Learn From Bones?
Pupils 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.