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Teaching the Bones

Teaching the Skeleton, Teaching the Bones, Anatomy, Classroom Aid

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Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to learn more about the human skeleton. Skeletons don’t have to be so spooky, and the more students know about how the 206 bones fit together, the healthier life they’ll live.

The Axial Skeleton

The skull

The Torso’s Paired Bones – the ribs

The Torso’s Single Bones:

  1. Hyoid
  2. Sternum
  3. Cervical Vertebrae
  4. Thoracic Vertebrae
  5. Lumbar Vertebrae
  6. Sacrum
  7. Coccyx

The Appendicular Skeleton

Upper Extremity

  1. Scapula
  2. Clavicle
  3. Humerus
  4. Radius
  5. Ulna
  6. Metacarpal
  7. Phalange

Lower Extremity

  1. Femur
  2. Patella
  3. Tibia
  4. Fibula
  5. Calcaneus
  6. Cuboid
  7. Tarsal
  8. Metatarsal
  9. Proximal Phalange

Mind-blowing Bone Facts

  • Humans are born with about 300 bones in their bodies!
  • Every 7 years our bodies make new bones.[i]
  • Only 1 bone doesn’t connect to any others: the hyoid bone.

How to Make Your Bones Stronger

  • Eat foods with lots of calcium[ii]. Bone appetit!
  • Exercise by going outside and playing!
  • Get plenty of vitamin D from sunlight and food like these[iii]:

Bone-afide Skeletons on the Screen


Don’t make your lessons dry as a bone! Instead, point to these recognizable skeletal figures from pop culture as fun ways to get students excited about learning the bones.

  • Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Dry Bones from Super Mario games
  • The Skeleton from Minecraft

Skeletons become a lot less bone-chilling when we know more about them. Bring in lessons about the skeleton into your classroom today, and you give students a stronger foundation for learning about the human body.




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