The Skeletal System: Hands-On Learning Resources

One of my favorite science topics is the human body. I am so fascinated with how it all works. The Skeletal System is one of the body systems that is so fun to play with and learn about in a hands on manner.

The Skeletal System: Hands-On Learning Resources from Starts At Eight. This is list of hands-on skeletal system activities, books, videos, and printables from teaching the skeletal system for all ages. Great homeschool activities such as Life Sized Human Skeletal Printable activity.

I have gathered tons of resources on the Skeletal System throughout my years of homeschooling. From books, to games, and hands on creations, I have tons of great resources to share with you!

Skeletal System Resources

Hands-On Fun with the Skeletal System

1. Virtual Interactive Skeletal System Review Activity

In this interactive object, learners review the major parts of the skeletal system by clicking on the correct term as each bone or joint is highlighted on a skeleton.

2. Haversian Bone System

We did two different activities to demonstrate the characteristics of the Haversian System and how our bones are able to be very light, yet super strong!

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“If the human skeleton were made of enough steel to equal the strength of bone, it would weigh five times as much. The strength of bone comes mainly from its inner structure. It is built up from thousands of compactly arranged tube-shaped units, each called a Haversian system.” [An excerpt from Reader’s Digest – How the Body Works, by Steve Parker.]

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3. Mini Skeleton Cutout

This is great as a younger kids activity for a lapbook or as a smaller scale version of the full sized one I show you next.

Mini Skeleton Lapbook

4. Life Sized Human Skeleton

eSkeletons has tons of resources for kids, including a Life Size Printout of a Juvenile Homo Sapien (kid). There is also an adult version.

We used this as part of a human body series that we did. This was a great hands on way to piece together a skeleton. Having the kids each do themselves made it more personal and relatable for them.

We started by taking a roll of Bulletin Board Paper and cutting a length the height of each one of the kids. Then they traced each other in pencil. Using a black permanent marker they went over the pencil lines, adjusting where necessary.

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Then we used the Life Size Skeleton Printout to attach to the paper. With my son, who was a very small 10 year old, the sizing was perfect. With my 13 year old daughter we should have used the adult one. Instead she cut out the pieces and drew in the pieces of bone to make it fit. We also made printable labels using the The Skeleton Book from DK as a reference for her to label the bones in the human skeleton.

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5. Name That Bone Tutorial

A 66 page interactive (hyperlinked) activity that guides students through the study of the major bones of the human body.

Book Resources

The Skeleton Book

The Skeleton Book from DK – is a perfect reference book for learning about the human skeleton. Pg. 66 & 67 contain a human skeleton with all the bones named. This is a great one to use when putting together your Mini or Life Sized Skeletons.

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I also love the Full Sized Poster that is included. As you can see it is almost the same size as my 10 year old daughter!

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Video Resources

The Skeletal System by MakeMeGenius.com

Note that this one has some errors in it. For instance for vertebrae they say “vertebraetes”, for fibula they say “febula”, they swapped the radius and ulna as well. Despite a few errors I included this video because my kids found it engaging to watch and I precursored it by telling them there were some errors and asking them to see if they could find them while they watched.

The Skeleton Dance – Dem Bones from Super Simple Songs

Printable Resources

  • FREE Printable Game – Print, laminate and play!
  • Our Amazing Bones – FREE Printable Cloze activity
  • Anatomy Lapbook
  • Skeletal System Lapbook
  • Human Skeleton Color & Label – FREE Printable coloring & labeling sheet
  • Printable Quiz – A FREE Printable labeling quiz with answer sheet
  • Crossword Puzzles – Choose one with scientific names or one with common names
  • Interactive Notebook – Love these fold a flap interactive notebooks!
  • Human Body Unit: Skeletal System – Short stories and diagrams teach students about bones, blood vessels, nerves, cartilage, and ligaments. Comprehension questions, cloze reading activities, true/false exercises, and more test students’ understanding and build comprehension. The lesson also includes preview and review pages, a summary of major concepts, a diagram, and a glossary. Answer key and performance objectives list included.
  • 10 Minute Activity – a ten-minute science activity in which students learn both the scientific and the common names for the important bones in the skeletal system.