Did you know that human babies are born with more bones than an adult? Human babies have more than 270 bones. Human adults have 206 bones. What's the reason for the difference? Many baby bones fuse together as they develop and grow to become one single bone. Here's another fun fact: your skeleton comprises 30-40% of your body weight.
Learning about the skeleton can be tons of fun. Children are often amazed to learn about their bodies and how the skeleton functions. You can amaze your young students with fun facts and guessing games. For example, ask your class how many bones they have in their feet? The answer is 26 bones.
Classroom Resources of Teaching about the Human Skeletal System
While a classroom skeleton model would be fantastic, it's not always in the school budget. Clip art can be a fantastic resource and substitute for a full scale model. Worksheets and activities also help children embrace learning and remembering. Teacher Planet has all the resources, lesson plans and even worksheets you need to bring the skeletal system to your classroom.