Bones of the Skeleton – Learning their Scientific Names
There are two PowerPoints in this resource to help teach and review the scientific names of the bones. The first PowerPoint, “Click on the Stars”, has three activities. The first is a picture of a whole skeleton. Students click on the stars and the name of the bone briefly appears. To make the skeleton easier to see, I enlarged the skeleton and placed the top half on the second slide and the bottom half on the third slide. Students/teachers have the option of concentrating on half at a time or viewing the entire skeleton. I put this on my classroom computer and used it as a center.
The second PowerPoint is a multiple-choice activity in which an arrow points to a bone and three choices are given. The student clicks on the correct answer. This covers all 16 of the bone choices. I also used this one as a center but it could also be used for a class review.
Included in this resource are 2 worksheets and 2 skeleton puzzles to use in learning the bones. The first one, students simply label the bones. The second one is a matching activity. The third and fourth ones are cut and paste activities where the students cut out the parts of the skeleton and paste them on construction paper and label the bones by pasting the names of the bones on or near the correct bones. There is one that uses the scientific names and the other uses the common names.
Bonus: I have included the PNG files for the skeleton and the bones border for use in your classroom.
Note: My class loved the puzzle and the PowerPoints. The skeleton puzzle is a little large for a 9x12 piece of construction paper but that didn’t seem to matter. Larger construction paper could be used.
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