NEW 2015 RESOURCES
The Human Body's Skeletal System Theme Page
Here are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or other links related to the specific theme of the body's Skeletal System. Please read our
- High school students are challenged to learn the structures and functions
of a body system thoroughly so that they will be able to pass on the concepts
and ideas to younger students in the form of children's books.
- A 1997 Think Quest award winner, this site is designed for students ages
11-16 wishing to learn more about anatomy. This link is to the main page,
which contains 18 sub-selections. Click on Skeletal System for information
about the basic skeletal system, the endoskeleton, the axial skeleton, the
appendicular skeleton, and joints.
- This page from Newton's Apple explains how bones get strong, how the human
body and a house are alike, and what our skeletal system does. Student activities
- This page from Newton's Apple explains the function that bones play in
the human body, the different parts of a bone, what happens when a bone breaks,
how a splint protects a fracture and how a cast help a bone repair. Student
activities are included.
- In this site students learn about joints, and discover how important joints
are to us in our day-to-day activities. Student are asked to immobilize two
or three fingers, then they are asked to do one of their regular daily activities.
Human Skeletal System Lesson Plan
- In this lesson plan, children learn the basic bones and joints of the human
body. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the human skeleton
by identifying the various the bones and joints using an online computer program.
- MEDtropolis site allows students from the upper elementary grades to: listen
to a narration about what the different bones do; try to reconstruct a skeleton
puzzle from a pile of bones; and search for a picture of one of the body's
bones. (Requires Shockwave)
Best: The Human Body
- This link is to the home page of Nature's Best: The Human Body - a site
intended for high school students. After selecting an appropriate level of
bandwidth, you'll be taken to a menu page offering information on all 8 human
body systems (Circulatory, Digestive, Immune, Muscular, Nervous, Reproductive,
Respiratory and Skeletal). Select "Skeletal" for descriptions on the axial
skeleton, appendicular skeleton, bone structure, and three types of bone composition.
(Note: You may have difficulty with the middle and high bandwidth options)
- This site will allow you to access real photographs of the human skeletal
Program Biology Index
- Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative
for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept
lesson plan. This database has 60 lesson plans in the section on Anatomy &
Physiology that deal directly with the human body's senses and systems. Caution:
Since there is a wide number of authors who have contributed to the database,
the detail and quality of the lesson plans will vary.
- TrackStar is an online interface that allows instructors to create lessons
for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various Websites
within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within
one Website then move on to the next topic at another Website. The list of
topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain on
track. Explorations of the Websites beyond the designated instructional content
are also possible.
This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "skeletal
and system" will produce a few hits. Caution #1: Many of the Websites that
these lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation
of lesson objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that
make the lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality
of the lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding Websites, sequencing
the tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.
Brochure of the Body Systems
- In this Access Excellence lesson plan for grades 9-12, students produce
a travel brochure for a tour through each of 8 body systems and a working
model of one of the systems.
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