a copy of the lesson plan
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Before putting on the costume, I asked students to guess
as to what different bones in the body helped us do.
helped me put on my costume. The story was that I could
not stand up straight or move my muscles because I did
not have my skeleton.
That day I wore
my skeleton on the outside rather than the inside.
names different parts of the body and how my skeleton
could help me, they came up and helped me put my skeleton
After my skeleton was on we played a game that allowed
the students to move around. Volunteers would share
what body part they wanted to move and told us how the
skeleton helps us use that body part.
a student wanted to shake her head. She told us that
the skull helps keep our brains in one place so they
don't "fall our of our heads." In response,
we all shook our heads.
an extension to the lesson, students glued a skeleton
cutout to black paper and cut the parts out. They then
used brads to connect the bones and allow the skeleton
doing lessons it is always important to keep cultural
differences in the back of one's mind. As you can see
in this picture above, the cutout includes a cap and
a bow tie This would make one assume the skeleton was
male. To my surprise, many of the girls used the bow
as a hair accessory. Many of the girls put bows in their
hair and to them (and now me) the bow belonged on the
skeleton's head. Eventhough the model showed the bow
used as a bow tie, some of the girls saw it differently.