Human Skeletal System Lesson

So happy to be back for our second week of Science Saturday with The Homeschool Scientist.

This week was packed with a trip to the orthopedic doctor for Ariary’s broken collarbone and then she grew suddenly ill with a high fever. The broken collarbone could not have been timed more perfectly since we were studying bones, but the virus made it difficult to teach since she only wanted to cuddle (not that I minded that one bit). Thank goodness I have very talented friends like Maureen at Spell Outloud who has previously worked through Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Anatomy and Physiology. (Thank you, Maureen, for making this week so easy for me.)

What You Need

For Lesson 2 in Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology, we used the following items:

Lesson Two, Day One

Day one of our study this week was spent with me teaching from an over-stuffed chair as Ariary rested on my chest. Her temperature was over 103 degrees so nothing else seemed extremely important. But, I was thankful that we have a learning environment in our home.
Lira pulled out one her favorite books, See Inside Your Body, which is a fabulous lift-and-flap book with extremely detailed information about human anatomy presented in a super fun way.
When I told the children they were going to put together a life-size puzzle of a skeleton, immediately they wanted to know who would be the same height as our flat friend. The winner? Ruble!
skeletal system lesson plan
After the puzzle was assembled, Lira took our textbook and pointed out the names of the different bones on the life-size skeleton using the diagram on page 45.
We also discussed the information in Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology about why God gave us bones as the children played with modeling clay.

Lesson Two, Day Two

While Ariary was resting in her crib, I gathered the children around me for a crash-course through the rest of the unit.

We reviewed the names of the bones using the Human Skeleton Coloring Page that I found courtesy of Spell Outloud. As we talked about the names of each bone, the children would find the bone on the picture and on their own bodies.

As they finished coloring the skeleton page, I brought the laptop to the floor for them to watch Dem Bones, a video on YouTube.

The video provided a simple transition into discussing joints since the skeletons dance and I could point out how bones do not bend. Following the instructions in the textbook, I taped each child’s finger to show what it would be like it they did not have joints.

Then, I told the children that their teeth are bones and asked them to gently grind their teeth together. I asked how that felt and explained that cartilage helps keep our bones from rubbing together and softens the impact of movement.

Using a suggestion in the book, I asked the children to hit my lap desk. They responded by saying that it was hard like our bones. So, I asked them to pretend that the blanket was cartilage. Again, they hit the desk but the blanket served as a cushion.

Obviously, the blanket was a little too comfortable.

What did we learn?

A video is embedded.
Please remember to stop by The Homeschool Scientist to see what they are doing for Lesson 2.

How are your studies going?

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  1. says

    Love the huge skeleton printout! We might have to do that for a little review this week. This lesson has been fun, hasn’t it? Lot’s of opportunity for hands-on learning.

    • Penny says

      Absolutely, Marci. I thought about doing the powerpoints this week but there just was not a need. Everything was so fun to learn hands-on. Thanks for doing Science Saturday with me. :)

  2. says

    Wow – that is awesome! We’re starting a bit of homeschool preschool here. We’re not sure if we’ll continue into elementary or send our children, but we certainly will be supplementing at home either way. I love this lesson – my 4yo would LOVE it!

    • Penny says

      Thank you, Audra. I am really surprised by how responsive my 3 year old has been. They love learning about their bodies. :)

  3. says

    I love the visuals you used. My kids had a big argument when choosing our science for the year over anatomy or land animals, so I know we’ll be studying anatomy next year.

    Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!

    • Penny says

      This study is tremendously fun. I am having a hard time imagining doing anything else next year. I am afraid it will be a disappointment. 😉


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