This full skeletal system lesson includes the following: A foldable with full student instructions, 33 slide PowerPoint with embedded video clips, 9 additional pages of resources and teacher guides, KWL chart (class starter and exit ticket), daily lesson goals, and student guide for Cornell style notes.
In case you are unfamiliar with Cornell style notes they are a research-based note taking method in which students take detailed notes from class lectures and texts in a wide right-hand margin and develop clarifying ideas or questions regarding these notes in a narrow left-hand margin. This helps students develop long-term retention and a deeper understanding of the material studied.
This lesson was created for upper elementary, middle school, and early high school students and is a fully covers the structure and function of the skeletal system. This is an extremely popular lesson in my classroom!
Students learn via taking Cornell style notes, defining vocabulary, drawing, and creating and decorating a four corner foldable. Highly engaging, high level thinking activity. Perfect for classrooms that utilize interactive notebooks. Although I do use this as an interactive notebook assignment, this lesson could easily work for classrooms without interactive notebooks, the notes and foldable could be added to any student binder or notebook.
Lesson includes “I will” and “We will” daily goals that teachers may post. “I will” and “we will” goal statements are aligned with the fundamental five method of teaching, but will work for any teacher who posts daily class goals or just wants to impress any administrators who walk through their classrooms! Concepts covered include an overview of the skeletal system, body systems (skeletal), ligaments, tendons, hinge joints, sliding or gliding joints, ball and socket joints, red blood cell production, and pivot joints.
Also includes a “did you know” engagement piece at the end of the PowerPoint about the discovery of the X-ray. High level thinking strategies and differentiated activities allow for different learning styles. KWL chart (quick writing assignment) allows for ELA common core tie ins. Strategies like quick writes, and Cornell style notes align with AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination).
Detailed tips for enriching this lesson further (in case you teach GT, Pre-AP, or just want to teach at a deeper level) are included at no additional cost!
Approximately three to four class periods in length. Could easily be modified to be shorter or longer depending on the needs of specific classes. As a point of reference I teach a 50 minute class.
To ensure that you get a product perfect for your class three versions of the PowerPoint are included! A full version with embedded video clips, a version with the videos removed (to save time and for classes that may be challenged with transitioning back to the lesson after a short video), and a PDF version in case you don’t have PowerPoint or just like the simplicity of a PDF!
Please note: to protect the integrity of my work and to respect the large amount of time I have devoted to developing this resource, the PowerPoint is protected from editing. This in no way prevents you from accessing or using all the many features of the product. Created by Mister Science.
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Key words: Body systems, skeletal system, bones, ligaments, tendons, structure and function, biology, human body, human anatomy, joints, skeleton, red blood cell production, marrow, compact bone, spongy bone, skull, femur, spine, sternum, pivot joint, gliding joint, sliding joint, ball and socket joint, AVID strategies, Cornell Notes, Interactive Notebook, Interactive notebooking, foldable, foldables, science notebooking, fundamental five.