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Bones, Muscles, Skin

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BC Grade 5 Science IRP:

  • describe the basic structure and functions of the human respiratory, digestive, circulatory, skeoletal, muscular, and nervous systems
  • explain how the different body systems are interconnected


Related Pages on this Wiki:

Nervous System

Digestive System

Respiratory System

Circulatory System




Student Links


Sqworl Page with Student Links

This sqworl page was created for easy student access to a selection of the skeleton websites below.  It is much easier for students to type in the url for the sqworl page than to type in all the separate urls.  The sqworl pages can be used in the computer lab or given to parents who would like to help their children at home.  Sqworl pages are ridiculously easy to create; make your own at the sqworl website.




World Book for Kids

WBFK has entries for skeleton and bone, muscle, skin, and individual body parts such as leg, foot, arm.  These articles can be printed, saved, or emailed.


Kids Health: Bones, Muscles

The information on the skeleton on Kid's Health site is detailed but the site has built-in text-to-speech and the pages can also be printed.  Several of the pages have built-in media such as an interactive diagram of a bone or a movie about getting an x-ray.

The information on the muscles on the Kid's Health site is detailed but the site has built-in text-to-speech and the pages can also be printed.  Page 1 has an interactive diagram of muscles and joints.


Interactives and Games


Sheppard Software:  Skeleton Tutorial and Games

Simple tutorial followed by a choice of 3 games with different levels of support:  drag the bones to their correct location with bone outlines for support,  drag bones to correct location on a clothed figure and then take the skeleton quiz, based on information learned in the tutorial.  Requires reading to read the tutorial and do Quiz 3 but activities 2 and 3 are mainly visual.


Virtual Body:  Build a Skeleton

Drag the bones into place to make a skeleton at this interactive site.

3D Animations of Human Skeleton

The 3D Toad website page on human skeletons contains several images which can be explored and rotated interactively.  Check out the other categories while you're there!


BBC Skeleton Interactive

In this interactive, drag 10 bones into place, e.g. tibia, cranium.  A hint button provides a clue and if you drag the bone anywhere near the correct area it resizes and orients itself correctly.  Even though you may not be covering these terms in the grade 4/5 curriculum, the students should be able to do this activity and learn quite a bit in the process.


Kid's Health Bones Quiz

This is a fairly simple quiz of 10 questions with corrective feedback.  Includes number of bones in total, number of bones in spine, smallest bone, joint, function of skull, function of ribs, location of patella, etc.  After the quiz, students are provided with a list of the questions and answers.


Knee Surgeon Role Play

Amazing Edheads interactive in which students role-play the surgeon in a complete knee replacement operation.  Animation has speech, optional captions, and corrective feedback.  There is a link to pics of a real knee replacement on the first page, so students who are squeamish should be warned not to access that link.





Animation of Skeleton Walking (30 seconds)

This is a short animation of a human skeleton walking with no sound.  Clearly shows articulation of joints. 


The Human Skeleton Video (5 min)

Great video starts with single vertebra and slowly adds parts of the skeleton.  There is a musical background but no narration.  Could be paused on the SMARTBoard, labelled, and those frames captured as the skeleton is assembled. (Scroll down the page to see this video.)


Mystery of the Human Skeleton Video (2 min)

This short video features Scientist Scully and his assistant Eager explaining how bones are connected.  Explanation includes terminology such as bone, cartilage, joint, ligament, muscle, origin, insertion, axial and appendicular.


The Muscular System (7 minutes)

Kid-friendly animated video explanation of the muscle system.  Covers number of muscles, bones, tendons, muscles, brain, nerves, involuntary and voluntary, flexor and extensor muscles.  Video contains the words "peeing" and "rear end" so don't use if your kids can't handle it.  Otherwise excellent video and quite amusing.

Muscles in Anatomical Position (1 minute)

Excellent video starts with skeleton and adds muscles in correct anatomical position.  No narration or sound but very interesting nonetheless.



Clicker 5 (requires software)


The Body:  Skeleton, Muscles, and Skin

In this gridset, the student will learn and write about the human skeleton, muscles and skin. This activity supports the Ministry of Education Learning Outcomes for Grade 5 Life Science - Human Body: describe the basic structure and functions of the human respiratory, digestive, circulatory, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. Created by Kathy Ryan.

The Body - Skeleton Muscles and Skin Mac/Win

Basic Organs and Systems

This activity, designed to meet grade 5 PLO's, covers the major body systems including the circulatory system. 




  A search for "skeleton" on the SMART activity exchange returned 123 lessons.  There are also several activities on Human Body Systems.  You can preview these lessons online before downloading to determine if they are suitable for your students. 
  The "Human Body" folder in the NB Gallery contains several skeleton pictures:  front view, side view, and labeled views.  There are also views of the bones in the hand, foot, pelvis, and skull.  In addition, there are several views of human body musculature.
  This Skeletons interactive shows skeletons for a human, horse, fish, and  rabbit.



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