Assignment 1 - Skeletal System WebLesson

Get ready to learn about your skeletal system! Your body has lots of bones! Bones help give your body shape. All your bones together are called your skeleton. When we talk about the way your bones work together it is called your skeletal system. Without your skeleton, you could not stand or even move. Think about what your life would be like if you didn't have a skeleton, or if your bones didn't work together in a system.

Introduction: MEDtropolis - Virtual Body > Skeleton > Bones Narrated

Find the answers to questions 1 and 2 at Skeletal System.

1. Why is the skeletal system important?

2. How many bones are in a human body? Why do adults and babies have different numbers of bones?

Learn about calcium at KidsHealth-Minerals and answer the following question.

3. Why do we need calcium and how do we get it?

Every bone in your body has a name. Look at the human skeleton at Skeletal System and Hillendale's Skeletal System.

Print out the Skeleton Worksheet (htm) or download and print (Word) and label the bones on your worksheet.

Find the answers to the following questions at Amazing Facts.

4. What is the longest bone in your body and where is it located? What is the smallest bone and where is it located?

Find the answers to the following questions at Your Gross & Cool Body: Skeletal System.

5. What would happen if humans didn't have bones? What do bones do?

6. Explain how your bones move.

7. What is in the center of many of your bones and what does it do?

Compare your skeleton to the skeleton of a frog at Virtual Frog Dissection Kit: The Whole Frog.

8. How is a human skeleton like a frog's skeleton? How are they different? Hint: If you click on the picture of the frog's skeletal system you will get a larger view.

Explore Your Gross & Cool Body: Sprained Ankle.

9. What happens when you sprain your ankle?

Take the KidsHealth Skeletal System Quiz, Label the Skeleton and Hillendale's Big Bone Quiz.

Additional Activities

BONUS: Name Dem Bones Challenge ONE and Challenge TWO || Bones Diagram || Foss Mr. Bones ||

BONUS: How the Body Works Movies from KidsHealth. Select the movie for this system.

Extra Credit: The Big Story on Bones - What are the most interesting things you learned here that you didn't know. Plan to share your most unique facts with your peers. (click "Next Page" to see all 6 pages)

BONUS: MEDtropolis - Virtual Body > Skeleton > Build a Skeleton (move bones until they get "stuck" in the correct places. You'll know when you win!) - also, click on Zoom In!

BONUS: Check out the Activity Page

Radiographic Anatomy of the Skeleton - from the University of Washington (use the left menu to explore)

Hillendale Skeletal System Lesson

Skeletal System Web Hunt


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Updated 06/17/2005