X-rays are a medical and scientific tool used in real-world applications to identify healthy and non-healthy bones in bodies.
Obsolete X-rays can be obtained from a Doctor's Office, or if you have or anyone you know has old ones that they are willing to share. Understanding bones in our bodies is akin to understanding foundations and framing in buildings and other constructions concepts. Children enjoy learning about their own bodies, and can begin to connect ideas like structure when they see x-rays and build their own structures.
Contrast is an important visual element, and helps objects be more visible when contrast is used in real-life applications like signage.
Goals for children in this activity are:
To examine the observable properties of natural objects.
To acquire scientific knowledge related to the life sciences.
To show awareness of beauty in nature.
To use a variety of materials, tools, techniques, and processes in the arts.
To recognize and respond to basic elements of art.
To identify body parts by name and location.
To distinguish the foreground from the background visually.