We're studying biology this year in our rotation. We spent much of the fall learning the kingdoms and studying a little more specifically about bacteria, plants, and animals in specific. We spent much of our time doing experiments from The Science of Life and reading library books about whatever we happened to be studying.
We've moved into the very specific genus of homo sapiens. Our first step in human anatomy was to study the skeletal system. I decided the best way for the kids to be involved and really understand it was to build a basic skeleton.
I traced our Ellie on one of the boxes and cut her it out. Then I cut bones from the foam that was used to pack the pieces. It was a bit simplified, using one piece in place of a few in the cranium and leaving out over lapping bones in preference for one layer of the bones as seen from the front. Our rib cage is open so we can continue to add organs as we learn more. The finger, toe, hand, and foot bones, being so small, I cut from paper. I labeled the bones, and then the kids put them in their proper places. We used school glue to hold them in place.
Meet our sk-ELLIE-ton (named by Gabby).
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