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Students examine how muscles can work together with joints.  In this movement activity students use a marionette to observe how muscles work. 
For this body movement worksheet, students draw a chain diagram that describes the process of moving some part of the body including the bones, muscles, and joints and the nervous system.
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 examine the body's major organ systems and how they function and influence each other. They examine how the human body moves when involved in sports.
Young scholars examine the muscular system. In this muscular system lesson, students first draw a realistic representation of their leg or arm bones. Young scholars do several activities to attach these bones to "joints" with string to simulate the actual movement of our bodies.  
Students gain a greater comprehension of the anatomy and physiology of the muscular system, the skeletal system and connective tissue by researching joints in the body. They also reflect on the effects of injuries on their joints and learn about new treatment methods. Students familiarize themselves with the muscular and skeletal systems by completing a short quiz, using diagrams of the body.
Students investigate the human skeletal system. In this biology instructional activity, students trace the outline of their body onto butcher paper and fill in the names of the bones. Students use an overhead transparency of the human skeletal system to check their work.
Students explain how the earth makes fossils and how dinosaur remains become fossils. For this Bringing Dinosaurs Back to Life lesson, students solve paleo-puzzles which ask students to solve problems as if they were paleontologists. Students also decide where to dig, read rocks, clean fossils, and preserve bones. Lastly students create a fossilized dinosaur remains landscape for others to excavate.
Students investigate the practice of digging for fossils. They participate in a mock dig of fossils using real bones and other artifacts. Then students dig through sand in order to go through the simulation. Students make observations and record the data.
Young scholars observe and investigate the human skeletal and muscle systems. They become aware of the versatility of movement as well as gain experience through the use of diagrams and hands on activities. An extensive vocabulary is covered within this instructional activity too.
Fourth graders explore the bones, joints, and other attributes of the skeletal system.
First graders examine body systems and demonstrate their competency in a quiz game show. Lessons cover the brain, heart, lungs, digestive system, muscles, and bones. Students , in teams, answer teacher-created questions in the game.
Students construct ratios using the hand as data. They use examples of cortical and trabecular bone found in the long bones to measure circumference, diameter, length, and weight of long bones. They perform computations using growth chart data.
Students assist in taking the meat off of cooked chicken bones. They try to assemble the chicken skeleton as best as possible, and use the meat to make chicken soup, and make mobiles from the bones.
Students identify human muscles and bones from a cardboard skeleton, named "Mr. Skelly." Using dialog balloons as props, the teacher holds up advice from Mr. Skelly, such as noting he drinks milk to keep his bones strong. The lesson also stresses the consequences of poor health with pictures of diseased organs.
Suggestions and reproducible bone and muscle drawings are included in this resource. They are intended for use when having your class create life-sized paper models of different human body systems. You will find terrific ideas for your upper elementary or junior high biologists. You can find other "Giant Body Kit" parts via the Lesson Planet website so that you have more than just part of the skeleton and some muscle to work with. 
Students create a simple model of the muscles in hand opening and closing the it. They make the model move a block in a specified direction.
Students are introduced to the type of evidence that is found at a typical dinosaur dig. They create rubbing casts of bone impressions on paper and, using bones, identify dinosaurs.
Seventh graders work through labs that allow them to explore and play with levers.  In this levers lesson students explore joints and other simple devices that complete levers. 
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.

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