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:
Assemble the deer skeleton. Talk about how it may have died. Its body is used by, and help sustains, many other living things: animals gnaw the meat from the bones, bacteria and fungi decompose the meat and bones to valuable nutrients which leech into the soil, and are then used by plants to grow.
Humans can use many parts of an animal that they kill, and Pacific Northwest Indigenous groups make it a point to thank the animal for its life and to use every part of its body. Hooves, teeth, sinew and bones can be used to make digging sticks, scrapers, knife handles, spoons, instruments and rattles, arrowheads and harpoons, thread, fish hooks (see halibut fish hook photo) and 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.

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Grades taught
Gr K
Gr 5