The Skeleton

Skeletons are often seen as creepy or scary, but bones are one of the most important parts of our body.  Without a skeleton we would be a puddle of skin (gross!) unable to move or breath, and our organs and blood vessels would be squeezed and unable to function.  Our bones provide support for our muscles and skin and they protect our organs. 

Skeleton Quiz

Questions:

  1. A baby is born with 270 bones in their body.  An adult has a) 270 b) 206 c) 300
  2. Which bone protects our brain?  Fill in on diagram.
  3. Which bones protect the lungs and heart?  Fill in answer on diagram
  4. What is the collection of 33 bones called that keep us upright?  Marked c) on diagram. 
  5. What is the longest and strongest bone in the body? Fill in answer on diagram
  6. What mineral, important for health bones, is found in dairy products?
  7. What Vitamin do we get from sunlight?
  8. Where is the smallest bone in the body?

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Game – Roll a Skeleton

What you will need: A pencil, paper, a dice, 2 people or more. 

 The aim of this game is to be the first person to fully finish drawing your skeleton.  Each number on the dice is equal to a part of the skeleton and when you roll the number you draw that part of the skeleton e.g. if you roll a 6 you draw the body.  If you roll a six on another turn you miss a go because you already have a body.   

Take turns rolling the dice.  One roll each turn.  

6 = body - ribcage, spine, hip bone

5 = skull 

4 = left arm, wrist, and finger bones

3 = right arm, wrist, and finger bones

2 = left leg, ankle, and foot bones

1 = right leg, ankle, and foot bones

 If you want to make the game a bit more difficult, and frustrating, you can add the rule that you must roll a 6 (a body) to start drawing your skeleton.

Give the Dog his bone 

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Answers:  1) b 206 2) a) Skull 3) b) Ribs / ribcage 4) the spine 5) Femur/ Thighbone 6) Calcium 7) Vitamin D 8) In the ear