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The Human Body's Skeletal System Theme Page

Here are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or other links related to the specific theme of the body's Skeletal System. Please read our disclaimer.

Better Body Books
High school students are challenged to learn the structures and functions of a body system thoroughly so that they will be able to pass on the concepts and ideas to younger students in the form of children's books.

Body Quest
A 1997 Think Quest award winner, this site is designed for students ages 11-16 wishing to learn more about anatomy. This link is to the main page, which contains 18 sub-selections. Click on Skeletal System for information about the basic skeletal system, the endoskeleton, the axial skeleton, the appendicular skeleton, and joints.

This page from Newton's Apple explains how bones get strong, how the human body and a house are alike, and what our skeletal system does. Student activities are included.

Broken Bones
This page from Newton's Apple explains the function that bones play in the human body, the different parts of a bone, what happens when a bone breaks, how a splint protects a fracture and how a cast help a bone repair. Student activities are included.

Human Body
In this site students learn about joints, and discover how important joints are to us in our day-to-day activities. Student are asked to immobilize two or three fingers, then they are asked to do one of their regular daily activities.
Human Skeletal System Lesson Plan
In this lesson plan, children learn the basic bones and joints of the human body. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the human skeleton by identifying the various the bones and joints using an online computer program. (Grade 6)

[The] Human Skeleton
MEDtropolis site allows students from the upper elementary grades to: listen to a narration about what the different bones do; try to reconstruct a skeleton puzzle from a pile of bones; and search for a picture of one of the body's bones. (Requires Shockwave)

Nature's Best: The Human Body
This link is to the home page of Nature's Best: The Human Body - a site intended for high school students. After selecting an appropriate level of bandwidth, you'll be taken to a menu page offering information on all 8 human body systems (Circulatory, Digestive, Immune, Muscular, Nervous, Reproductive, Respiratory and Skeletal). Select "Skeletal" for descriptions on the axial skeleton, appendicular skeleton, bone structure, and three types of bone composition. (Note: You may have difficulty with the middle and high bandwidth options)

[The] Skeletal System
This site will allow you to access real photographs of the human skeletal system.

Smile Program Biology Index
Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept lesson plan. This database has 60 lesson plans in the section on Anatomy & Physiology that deal directly with the human body's senses and systems. Caution: Since there is a wide number of authors who have contributed to the database, the detail and quality of the lesson plans will vary.

TrackStar is an online interface that allows instructors to create lessons for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various Websites within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within one Website then move on to the next topic at another Website. The list of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain on track. Explorations of the Websites beyond the designated instructional content are also possible.

This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "skeletal and system" will produce a few hits. Caution #1: Many of the Websites that these lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding Websites, sequencing the tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.

Travel Brochure of the Body Systems
In this Access Excellence lesson plan for grades 9-12, students produce a travel brochure for a tour through each of 8 body systems and a working model of one of the systems.

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