Lesson Plan Title : Dem Bones

Age Range: Grade 3 through Grade 5 (Elementary)

Overview and Purpose: All the bones in our body have unique characteristics. In this lesson, students will identify those characteristics while they are building a paper skeleton.

Objective: The student will be able to identify three unique characteristics about each main bone in the body.


Stencils of the major human bones (how big the bones are and how many you include are up to you)

White paper big enough for the largest stencil


Have students create paper skeletons using the stencils. On each bone have them write three unique characteristics about that bone. When they have all the bones, have them make a skeleton. They can use paper fasteners to hold the bones together. Hang the skeletons up in the classroom or the hallway.

Wrap Up:

You can extend this activity into math, by having the students' measure how long different bones in their bodies are. They can answer questions about ratios, show information in graphs, or estimate the length before they measure.