This activity examines the types and functions of the joints in the human skeletal system. First students are asked to define and give examples of the seven main joints types in the body: hinge, pivot, gliding, ball-and-socket, saddle, ellipsoidal and fixed
Then students can get creative and imagine how range of motion would change if they could switch around the joints in the body to allow different functions.
After completing the activity, students can share in small groups or in front of the entire class their new joints. This activity can also be completed in small groups and students work together to fill in definitions and invent new joints.
An answer key for joints is provided at the end of the pack.
Aligns to Writing Standards for Literacy in Science 6-8: WHST.6-8.4, WHST.6-8.9
Aligns to Reading Standards for Literacy in Science 6-8: RST.6-8.4
Reading Standards for Information Text: RI.4.1, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.5.1, RI.5.3, RI.5.4