Keep it Moving

Examine real bones, tissues and artificial joints to learn how the muscular and skeletal systems function to support and protect the human body. 

Major Concepts To Be Explored:

  • What are the different systems of the body? 
  • What are the components of the skeletal system? 

  • What are the functions of the skeleton system? 

  • How do bones and muscles work together to help the human body move?

Essential Standards: 

3.L.1.1; 4.L.2.2; 5. L.1.2

Goals of the Program:

  • To introduce the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body. 
  • To demonstrate the parts of a bone and types of bone. 
  • To differentiate between fixed, hinge, ball and socket, pivot, saddle, and gliding joints. 
  • To demonstrate how pairs of skeletal muscles work. 
  • To introduce healthy habits for maintaining the skeletal and muscular systems.

Class Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Name several functions of the skeletal system. 
  • Identify specific bones, such as the smallest and longest bones, why they are strong, and explain how bones change as we grow. 
  • Understand and locate the different types of joints in the human body. 
  • Understand how muscles, bones, and connective tissues work together to move the body. 
  • Explain ways to care for their skeletal and muscular systems in order to prevent injury.

Methods and Activities:

  • Students will participate in a discussion about the skeletal system by examining models, posters, X-rays and real human bones. 
  • Students will cycle through five hands-on stations to learn about fractures, ligaments and tendons, joints, muscles, and health and safety.

Key Vocabulary:

Skeletal System, Muscular System, Skeleton, Cartilage, Tendon, Ligament, Femur, Humerus, Hammer, Anvil, Stirrup, Joints (Fixed, Hinge, Ball and Socket, Pivot, Gliding, Saddle)

Set-up Needs:

  • Preference is inside location with six tables for stations and a separate area (floor ok) for students to sit during introduction 
  • Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart. 
  • Access to electricity 
  • A screen or blank wall for projected materials. 
  • Approximate set-up and clean-up time – 30 minutes before and after program. 
  • Program will need to remain set up and secured from students for the entire day if multiple programs are booked. 
  • Secure storage location for materials if left overnight.

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Grades 3 - 5
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day)
  • Maximum 25 students