Content: Skeleton Jones and Bones Do you have bones inside of you? Show children the model of the human skeleton and tell them all the bones in the body are called the skeleton. Do animals have bones? Trees? Rocks? Show models of different animals and ask them which ones have bones. Animals that do not have bones are invertebrates. Animals with bones are vertebrates. Show children skulls of different farm animals and let them guess the animal. How do bones help us: They give us our shape, protect parts of our body, help us move, blood is made inside bones, bones hold our teeth, they give us clues to the past’The places where bones meet are called joints. Point out the following joints: Saddle joint (thumb), hinge (knee or elbow) ball and socket joints(hip and shoulder) Children examine a model of the human skeleton. Give a model of an animal to each child and let them tell if they area vertebrate or invertebrate. Let children exercise some the 3 kinds of joints. Children can choose a bone from the bone box, examine it, and help put the skeleton together.
MATERIALS: Model of the human skeleton. Examples of animals that do and do not have bones. The small plastic models of animals are great for this. Examples of bones forming joints.
ACTIVITIES: Children examine model of the human skeleton. Let children exercise some the 3 kinds of joints. Children can choose a bone from the bone box and help put the skeleton together. Teach the song about skeleton Jones.