What our Human Skeleton lesson plan includes
Lesson Objectives and Overview: Human Skeleton teaches students about the functions of major bones and the skeletal structure overall. Students will discover why bones are so important and be able to identify some of the main human bones. They will also learn how to correctly assemble them together. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.
Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The only supplies you will need apart from the handouts are scissors and glue or tape. In addition, before you deliver the lesson, you should develop a list of movements for step 1 in the classroom procedure.
Options for Lesson
There are several ideas in the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page that you might find useful or interesting and want to add to the lesson. One idea is to read the content pages as a class, individually, aloud, or silently depending on what you want to accomplish. Another option is to use the practice worksheet as an additional homework assignment. Students could write reports about a single bone, and you could assign each student a different bone to research and present. For the activity, you could require students to label each bone as they assemble the skeletons. One more idea that you could use as a creative writing assignment is to have students pick a favorite bone and explain why they would want to be that bone.
The teacher notes page provides an extra paragraph of information to help guide the lesson and remind you what to focus on. The paragraph explains some of the key content that you will teach students and mentions that the main objective is for them to be able to identify major bones in the human body. You can use the blank lines to write down any ideas or thoughts you have about the topic as you prepare.
HUMAN SKELETON LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS
The Human Skeleton lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. Each of these tasks helps solidify students’ comprehension of lesson concepts and allows them to demonstrate what they learned in different ways. The guidelines on the classroom procedure page outline when to distribute each worksheet throughout the lesson.
BONE ASSEMBLY ACTIVITY WORKSHEET
This worksheet displays a number of bones that students will cut out and assemble. If you want to put the skeletons on display, you may want to provide blank paper for students to glue or tape the bones onto. It may also be helpful to have a skeleton on display for reference as students complete the activity.
LABEL THE HUMAN SKELETON PRACTICE WORKSHEET
The practice worksheet requires students to first label 14 bones on the figure using the terms from the word box. Then students will respond to a few prompts that relate to the information from the content pages. You may or may not allow students to refer to the content pages for reference.
CROSSWORD PUZZLE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT
For the homework assignment, students will complete a crossword puzzle. There is a total of 37 clues to solve. As with the practice worksheet, you can choose whether or not to allow students to refer to the content pages for help to complete the assignment.
Worksheet Answer Keys
The last pages of the lesson plan PDF are answer keys for the worksheets. The correct answers are in red to make it easy to compare students’ responses to the answer keys. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.