After we did an overview of all of the different body systems, we spent a couple of days reviewing the skeletal system. The skeleton provides support, structure and protection for the body and its organs… and because it had been nearly a year since we went over the names of the bones it was time for a review.
The kids put together our skeleton puzzle and then identified all the bones on the crayola human skeleton page and added that to their science notebook. We also sang through a song from Lyrical Science about all the bones in the body. It was hard to sing because the words were so fast!
LD and DD did quite a bit of reading about skeletons on their own from various books we had on hand. They also put together the large puzzle we’ve had for years. It is called Look Into Your Body All About You From the Inside Out with Floor Puzzle Skeleton (affiliate link)
ED was right there in the thick of it. She wrote out all the bones on the sheet above (with help from me telling her what letter came next), cut out and made here own lapbook page as well!
We watched this really cute you-tube video about Stanley the Skeleton which goes over the different bones of the body. It goes over everything from your cranium (skull) to your phalanges (fingers/toes)!
If you have a preschooler at home, here’s a cute activity you can do to show the bones in their body. Dip their hands in white paint and make a handprint on black paper and then draw an outline around it.
If possible show them an actual x-ray and compare it to their hands. All we had on hand was an old chest x-ray, but the kids were fascinated looking at it!
When we covered the human body skeleton again, I made a packet of human body worksheets for the kids. There are various worksheets highlighting the major bones of the body. These worksheets include the skull, legs and hips, feet, hands, ear bones and scapula (back bone with a view from the back). I also made lapbook pieces so people could create a human skeleton lapbook. I just love the images I purchased. I hope someone finds these helpful! There are about 90pages. This packet is $5.75. The “buy now” button will take you to Paypal and upon payment you will receive a link for immediate download.
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Then we moved on to the digestive system. More about that in this post: Digestive System Activities and Student Worksheets
We had two books we really used a lot for these units: Human Anatomy Coloring Book (affiliate link) has pages you can print out and color in.
And the The Body Book: Easy-to-Make Hands-on Models That Teach (affiliate link) has really neat models that you can make. We did the joints, bones of the body (see our model here), and some other things, but more about those in those other posts. 🙂
Other Human Body Unit Posts That Might Interest You:
- Human Body Systems: (50+ page Packet)
- Human Body Unit: Heart and Circulatory System Activities
- Human Body Unit: The Human Hand
- Human Body Unit: The Brain
- Human Body Egg-speriment: Protect that Brain!
- Germ Lapbook
- Germ Experiment: Where do Germs Grow in Your House?