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: Food Webs, Ecosystems, Biomes (3, 4)
Biology: Sensing, Organ Systems (4, 5, 6)
Earth/Space: Sustainable practices, Interconnectedness (2, 5, 7)

Assemble the deer skeleton as a class.

For a lesson on the skeletal system:
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.

For a lesson on sustainable practices and interconnectedness:
Once a dear has died, its body and bones are used by, and help sustain, many other living things: animals gnaw the meat from the bones, bacteria and fungi decompose the meat and bones to valuable nutrients that leech into the soil, then are used by other life.
Humans use the bones; 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 (see halibut fish hook photo), games (such as
Pin and Ring game).


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