Skeletal System Complete Unit | Human Skeleton | Bones | Body Systems

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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Are you teaching the skeletal system or human skeletons but having trouble finding kid-friendly, engaging text, activities, and diagrams? This complete 10 day unit includes everything you need to teach your upper elementary students about the skeletal system and human skeleton. Both a print and interactive digital version made for Google slides are included.

Lessons cover parts of the skeletal system, functions of the skeletal system, bones, joints and connective tissues, and bone health. Students will love the fun, engaging activities provided. You will love that activities are low to no-prep and completely planned out for you!

What does a lesson look like? Daily lessons include an objective, learning through videos and/ or the included informational fact book, hands-on activities, and daily exit slip to assess student understanding.

Digital Version:

Everything you need for an engaging, interactive digital unit is included. Lessons have been divided into units, making it easy to assign and complete activities based on objectives. This unit was designed in a way for students to guide themselves through learning, making it easy for the teacher. The unit has been made for use with Google Slides and Google forms (included end of unit quiz.)

Want a shorter study just about bones and the human skeleton? Check out this bones unit here.



  • Link to digital version made for Google slides
  • 10 days of lesson plans: lesson plans and needed resources are included for easy implementation
  • 14 color skeletal System vocabulary posters: Includes words skeletal system, skeleton, fracture, fuse, bones, long bones, short bones, flat bones, irregular bones, joints, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, marrow
  • Skeletal System Videos: 2 posters included with links to skeletal system videos (one with QR codes and one with website links)
  • Video viewing guide: Fill out this viewing guide graphic organizer while watching any of the skeletal system videos
  • Skeletal System fact book: 6 pages of text including the following topics- skeletal system facts, bones, bones are alive, types of bones, joints and connective tissues, and bone health
  • vocabulary foldables: 3 foldables are included to cover all vocabulary words. Foldables can be glued into a science notebook or stapled to keep in a folder.
  • Skeletal system fact and opinion: Cut-and-paste skeletal system facts and opinions onto the fact and opinion chart.
  • Parts of the Skeletal System foldable: Create a foldable about the parts of the skeletal system. Perfect to glue into a science notebook or skeletal system lapbook
  • Types of Bones foldable: After reading the informational text about types of bones, create this accordion foldable about the 4 types of bones
  • Build a Skeleton Activity: Have students cut and paste sections of the human skeleton onto construction paper. A large and small version are included as well as bone labels.
  • Major bones of the skeleton diagram: diagrams of the major bones of the entire skeleton, bones of the arms, legs, hands, feet, and skull are included. Color and black/ white versions available. Major bone diagram included for students to complete on their own.
  • Daily exit slips: Exit slips are included for 8 days of the unit to review what was learned.
  • Types of Joints: Informational text about the 6 types of joints. Graphic organizer included to record joint facts.
  • Healthy Skeletal System: Cut and paste activity about making healthy choices for your body
  • Skeletal System Facts Puzzle: Answer interesting facts about the skeletal system using the code.
  • Skeletal system word search: Search for skeletal system vocabulary. Perfect for early finisher activity.
  • Explanatory Writing: Skeletal system functions explanatory writing prompt, graphic organizer, and writing page
  • Sentence Writing: Use the two vocabulary words to write a factual sentence about the skeletal system.
  • Explanatory Writing: Write about the functions of the skeletal system with this prompt, graphic organizer, and writing page
  • Opinion Writing: Skeletal system opinion writing prompt, graphic organizer, and writing page
  • Task Cards: 32 Task Cards to review the skeletal system and recording page
  • Coloring Notes: Skeletal System and Bones coloring notes pages (graphic organizers meet coloring pages) Filled in and blank versions available
  • Osteoporosis Research: Research osteoporosis using the QR code poster and fill in the brochure
  • Skeletal system project: Skeletal system project choice board and rubric (great as a culminating assessment of the unit)


What teachers like you are saying...

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Melissa P. said, "This unit is wonderful! I love the lesson planning that is developed for you. The videos are great because there are listening video sheets that students use as you watch the videos together. This helps them to stay focused. We have taken awesome notes and highlighted text in the booklet. This unit is simply awesome."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "My students were excited to learn about the skeletal system and this helped make it more engaging and interesting for them. It was well worth the money because we have so many lessons included and a variety of ways to be engaged."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Pat P. said, "Love this resource and ended up purchasing all of the "systems". Very thorough and matched really well with the Ontario Human Body Curriculum. My students were very engaged and I loved that there was a good mixture of readings, cut and paste, matching activities."


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