This unit highlights the skeletal-muscular system. Incorporating science, math, writing, reading, and art, students learned about the bones, joints, and muscles and how they work together as a system. They also visited with an expert in the field who was able to provide them with real life connections to what they learned in the classroom.
In this interdisciplinary science unit, writing, reading, math, science, and art were all incorporated to create a cohesive study of the human body’s muscular-skeletal system.
In addition to performing many lab experiments including one that tested the use of one’s hands without the use of the opposable thumb joints, the students reflected on the importance of different muscle groups and the various bones they have to determine which, if any, were more important than others.
Math was also incorporated as the students attempted to count each of the bones in each of the 4 main parts of the body- torso, arms, legs, and skull.
Students also thought of and wrote questions to ask an expert- 2 specialists in the medical field, an orthopedic surgeon and a podiatric surgeon.
As a way to incorporate art and the art teacher, the students put together their own puzzles made up of all of the bones in the body. These ‘Mr. Bones’ puzzles were attached marrionette style as a way to allow them to move.
As a culminating assessment, each student created an Adobe Spark video presentation answering the following question- how do bones, muscles, and joints wok together as a system.