This fun body systems activity focuses on the skeletal system, specifically the structure and function of different types of joints. This is an extremely popular lesson in my classroom! Fun, engaging, “cut and paste” style activity is perfect for interactive notebooks and is designed and sized to fit perfectly in a 9 ¾ x 7 ½ notebook! No need to reduce the image when photocopying! Although I most commonly use this as an in-class interactive notebook activity, I could easily be used in classes that do not utilized interactive notebooks. I have also used this assignment as a quiz, homework assignment, and even with a substitute! Activity includes a word bank. I use the word bank with most classes, but leave it out for my more advanced students. Students will need some background knowledge of the skeletal system and its joints. If you are interested in a full PowerPoint lesson that teaches the structure and function of the skeletal system (including the joints covered in this activity) in an engaging way, view it by clicking HERE
. This activity was created for upper elementary and middle school students and is great lesson that enriches and body systems unit while reinforcing many English language arts standards (such as: “Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context”). Lesson includes “I will” and “We will” daily goals that teachers may post. These daily goals state simply and clearly what students will be doing and what concepts they will master or improve upon by completing the lesson. “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! Detailed tips for enriching this lesson further (in case you teach GT, Pre-AP, or just want to teach at a deeper level), along with a full teacher key are included at no additional cost! Approximately one to two class periods in length (as a point of reference, I teach a 50-minute class). Created by Mister Science.
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