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Skeleton Unit Study

All About Skeletons

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There is just something about skeletons. Children and adults alike tend to gravitate to look at them in museums, books, and the Halloween section of the store. While we can learn about skeletons and bones any time of year, the topic is even better around the spooky season of Halloween. Get ideas on how to help your homeschoolers learn about skeletons and bones below.


Animal Skeletons

Bones, Bones, Bones – WebQuest
You’ll need some owl pellets to do this experiment. Help with identifying the creatures the owl may have eaten.

Skeleton of a Cat
Nicely labeled skeleton with both biological names and common names for the bones of the cat.

Skulls – California Academy of Sciences
Come in, explore, and get inside these heads!


Build Your Own Skeleton And Bones

Make a Lifesize Skeleton Printout 
This document contains an outline of a juvenile human standing 109 cm tall (or 43” tall). Modern humans average a height of 109 cm between 5 and 6 years of age. To compare, the average height for a modern human adult female is 162 centimeters (or 5’3”) tall. An adult male today usually stands about 175 centimeters (5’7”) tall.

Pasta Skeleton Craft
This pasta skeleton is easily made from a few different types of pasta and dried beans glued to a piece of black construction paper.

Skeleton Lesson: Meringue Bones
Baked meringue is brittle, so make your bones thicker than you may think you need to make them. If you have leftover meringue, go back over the piece you’ve already made and thicken them up. For tiny bones like the phalanges and metacarpals and whatnot, it’s easier to not make each individual bone, but rather make a little web with all the bones touching.

Sock Skeleton Project
Stuff you’ll need to get: One pair of calf-length white cotton sports socks for each sock skeleton you want to make, thread, needle, scissors, stuffing material, and black Sharpie marker (or embroidery floss if you want to sew the details on).

Mr. Bones Skeleton Halloween Craft
This scary skeleton is great to use as a Halloween decoration. Just print out the bones, cut along the lines, punch holes on the marks, and connect the bones with common brass fasteners.

Skeletal System
A fun and interactive children’s activity to learn the skeletal system. Students click and drag the names of major bones to the appropriate box in the skeletal diagram. The number of attempts to complete the activity is recorded – the lower the score the better.

Skeleton craft Projects for Kids on Pinterest
Craft projects for making human and dinosaur skeletons.


Bone Lessons

Click the image to download this PDF

Children’s Natural History Museum
Skeletal system lesson.


Healthy And Broken Bones

Your Bones
Think back to last Halloween for a minute. Wherever you looked, there were vampires, ghosts, or bony skeletons grinning back at you. Vampires and ghosts don’t really exist, but skeletons sure do!

The Facts About Fractures and Broken Bones
Breaking a bone can be a pretty big deal, but it happens to lots of kids. These days, most broken bones are easily fixed, but it can still be scary when it happens to you or a friend.



Experiments with Bones

Knotted Bones
What makes our bones hard?  That’s right!  Calcium carbonate. Take some thin chicken bones and drop them in vinegar for a day.  Take them out and they’ll be soft. Now you can tie them in a knot, just like a piece of string.

Skeletons and Bones Science Projects
Experiments and activities to help your homeschoolers learn about their bones!


The Skeleton Through History

Beethoven’s Bones
The journey of the bones is a real who-done-it, a grand 19th century tale, much of it set in Vienna amid what turns out to be one of the most fascinating families in that city’s fabled cultural history.

A History of the Skeleton
Physicians from antiquity through the Renaissance discussed the form and function of the skeleton, as the hardest part of the body. Lots of good antique skeleton clip art.

Skeletons Reveal Human and Chimpanzee Evolution
Comparing features of a 4.4-million-year-old fossil skeleton to those of human and chimpanzee skeletons sheds light on our evolutionary history.


Skeleton Worksheets

Skeletal System Worksheet
“Free human body worksheets are perfect for kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students.”

Skeleton Worksheet
Get this worksheet to help your homeschooler learn the bones of the human skeleton and more.



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