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Explore The Skeletal System

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Have your students bend and (gently!) twist joints to develop a deeper understanding of the skeletal system!

This printable activity includes three pages, prompting students to move their bodies, examine the movement of their different types of joints (hinge, pivotal, ball-and-socket) and illustrate activities that involve these skeletal mechanics!

This activity involves both kinesthetic and visual learning, making it an excellent opportunity to engage students with diverse learning styles!


Page 1 - Bend your knees. The hinge joints allow legs to bend and straighten. Can you think of a time you made this movement? Draw it here.

Page 2 - Twist and tilt your neck. The pivotal joint in the neck enables the head to turn. Look to the left or right and you're using the pivot joint. Can you think of a time you made this movement? Draw it here.

Page 3 - Rotate your arm like a clock. In the shoulder, the ball-and-socket joint allows for rotation of the arm. Can you think of a time you made this movement? Draw it here.

Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):

1-LS1-1. Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
4-LS1-2. Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.
MS-LS1-3. Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

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