This is a human skeleton study guide. We are focusing on the skeleton. We learned so much! In this post, you will take part of all the fun we had learning about bones and how our skeletons hold us up. Be sure and read through to get to the free printable sets we have for you. Enjoy!
Light Table Fun!
First, we started out at the light table. We used our super fun glow in the dark skeletons to study the human body. They are 16 inches tall, so they are the perfect size for little hands to handle. Plus, because they are made out of plastic, they are lightweight and slightly see-through. We studied the skeletons and all of their main parts (skull, ribs, phalanges, sternum, femur, etc).
We then incorporated some true-to-life human x-rays with nomenclature labels and charts on where each x-ray belongs. Our light table isn’t big enough to put together the entire skeleton x-rays together to form the body, but we did analyze one to several x-rays at a time.
Take a look! Isn’t this an awesome light table?! These human x-rays are so great. My children had so much fun learning the names of the bones and I was amazed at how much they were picking up and remembering. We didn’t go into too much detail, but we did go over the names with the x-rays and charts daily all week. By the way, this body is most likely a mom because the hand x-rays are the exact same size as my hands, hehe.
3D Human Skeleton Model
The next activity that we did was SUPER fun. We put together a 3D Human Skeleton Model! Take a look! It wasn’t hard or time-consuming to put together. In fact, it was fun and entertaining putting it together with my children. They loved watching the skeleton come together and take shape, one “bone” at a time.
This set comes with all the 3D puzzle pieces and a hardcover book with all kinds of awesome information. We read the book several times because it was so full of cool facts and because we could point at the bones we were learning about on our 3D model.
Human Skeleton Study Guide
Books! Who doesn’t love books, especially books like Usborne’s “Your Body?” Here is a list of some of the books we read in our unit.
The Skeleton BookSkeleton HiccupsBones (Step-Into-Reading, Step 2)Bones: Skeletons and How They WorkBones: Our Skeletal SystemLook Inside: Your Skeleton and Muscles (TIME FORUncover the Human Body: An Uncover It BookiOpener: Skeletons Inside and Out
Uncover the Human Body (with 3D model)
More Skeleton Resources
We also used other props and fun stuff like foam skeleton puzzles, a skeleton stamp and organ mini replicas. We also used a vintage brain stamp (side view) and a vintage brain stamp (top view), even though we were focusing on the human skeleton. It was just fun to include them.
The foam puzzles are labeled, front and back, which is awesome and the pieces do come out. We were very careful while taking the pieces out and putting them back in. We would name the names of the bones as we were putting them back. That is how I realized how much they were remembering. It was a proud momma moment. 🙂
And now, for the printables. I didn’t want this post to turn out to be too long by adding more pictures, but I did want to make sure you saw what the printables look like. You and your children will love them!
We have an awesome set. There are four levels of difficulty. We did them all, but my youngest only did the first two sets with us and watched Bother and me do levels “Hard” and “Hardest.” I would recommend printing all of them and use them together, since some will be helpful as answer keys to others in other levels. Once you see them printed, you’ll know what I mean.
Here are some of the resources we used. We hope you find these helpful.
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