Lesson plan

Bones and Skeletal system

Assemble a deer skeleton as a class, then do other activities with bones.
Science content
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Indigenous People's sustainable use of Living Things (K, 2, 3)
Biology: Classification of Living Things, Biodiversity (1, 3)
Biology: Sensing, Organ Systems (4, 5, 6)

Assemble the deer skeleton as a class.

Stations for older students to rotate through, as listed on the worksheet: further study of the deer skeleton, chicken leg, jaw bones, bone slices, leg bones.

Discussion about what happened to the deer bones once it was dead: animals gnawed the meat from it, and then humans can use the bones as tools. Every part of the animal can be used - hooves, teeth, sinew and bones can be used for digging sticks, scrapers, knife handles, spoons, instruments and rattles, arrowheads and harpoons, thread, fish hooks, games.


Selkirk built the deer skeleton, then rotated through four stations (leg dissection, teeth in herbivores, bones slice puzzle and seal leg bone puzzle).
Shaughnessy Ks built the deer skeleton, then played the ring and pin game, then looked at photos of fish hooks and other tools made from bone.

Attached documents
Grades taught
Gr K
Gr 5
Teaching Site
Selkirk Elementary
Shaughnessy Elementary