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Students are challenged to design and construct a jointed figure that moves in a motion something like jumping jacks when a string is pulled.
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 explore the website Visible Body and identify bones that are laid out across the classroom. In this skeleton lesson plan, students also answer short answer questions about 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 instructional activity also stresses the consequences of poor health with pictures of diseased organs.
First graders put a skeleton together and draw the main bones in the body. In this skeleton lesson plan, 1st graders learn about the main bones, and draw 8 out of 10 of them correctly.
Fifth graders explore the muscular and skeletal system. In this science lesson, 5th graders discuss bones and view an x-ray. Students participate in exercises and then feel their heart beat and breathing.
Learners 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.
Learners 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. 
In this bones and muscles instructional activity, students answer 17 short answer questions about the video "Bones and Muscles" by Bill Nye the Science Guy.
In this bones and joints quiz worksheet, students complete an on-line quiz, clicking on questions and matching answers, scoring 1 point for each correct answer. A printed version is available.
Students identify the different joints in the skeletal system. For this anatomy lesson, students describe the function of each joints. They draw them and their direction of movement.
Students determine the functions of the skin, skeletal and muscular systems, and determine how they are related. Students access online resources to research information about the bones, muscles, and skin. Then students complete a creative writing activity and an acrostic poem illustrating what they have learned.
Learners investigate the muscle system operating in the kick of a ball. The order in which the six muscle groups contract is noted as the movement is produced by the contraction of opposing muscles required to move a limb in opposing directions,
Students, in teams, follow the process of design, including the stages of investigation, creation, and reflection, as they devise a way to help "save" a (simulated) pet who is trapped in a pipe.
Elementary schoolers use the Internet in order to explore topics related to the human body and its systems. An impressive, 15-page lesson plan that should leave your charges with a much better understanding of the human body and how its systems interact with each other. All of the websites necessary to implement the learning activities are present, and the instructions are clearly laid out. Terrific!
What better way to study the structures of organisms than by creating a new being? After considering different types of skeletal supports (exoskeleton and endoskeleton), budding biogeneticists work together to create their own animals - first on paper, then using basic materials. They must decide whether an external or internal skeleton would work best, then think about how the creature will move. Depending on the background knowledge your class has, you may want to allow for some research time to look into different skeletal structures of a variety of animals to help them brainstorm. The actual time needed for the activity will vary depending on the age of the learners.
Students read "The Magic School Bus in the Human Body" and discuss the importance of maintaining a healthy body. They create a hinge and joint paper skeleton, follow the journey of a hamburger through the digestive tract, jump rope and measure their heartbeats and pulse to investigate the body further.
Students examine how the movements of bones are dependent on the interaction of pairs of muscles. They design and construct a prototype of an artificial limb using a syringe system, and determine whether water or air makes the appendage more efficient.
Osteoporosis has long been viewed as an "old ladies' disease," but there are many people at risk. There are also many things young people can do to reduce their risk factors. Learn about all of this and more through a comprehensive PowerPoint.

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