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I gave Bug a broken arm for Christmas.
Well, I gave Bug a toy with wheels which led to a ton of outside playtime (the South does NOT have winter y’all) which led to an emergency room visit over the holidays.
Yeah, I am basically the best mom ever.
It is only fitting then that we really did our Oak Meadow Science up right when the Skeletal System came up in the lesson plan. Oak Meadow Sixth Grade focuses on Basic Life Science– so far we’ve covered plants and animals, and not, it’s time for the human body! Science is, hands-down, Bug’s favorite part of Oak Meadow (he’s super excited to be doing Earth Science next year). Oak Meadow is a flexible curriculum, so he tends to do his lessons on a block schedule, doing one subject a day (or sometimes spreading them over two if he needs more time or wants to mix things up).
The science lessons begin the same way- with a little reading. The Student Book doubles as a textbook, and this lesson covered a ton of ground:
- We have 206 bones in our body (trying to memorize them in nursing school was no joke)
- The Skeletal System has three important functions (supporting your body, protecting your organs and creating blood cells)
- What bones are made of
- Ligaments and joints (and how they work)
After reading all about bones, we jumped into some hands-on activities. First, we checked out Bug’s x-rays from his broken arm. He fractured both of the bones in his arm when he skidded off his bike. He has a buckle fracture, which, as the doctor explained to him is kind of what would happen if you took a stick of cold butter and then jammed one end of it into the counter. Smush.
Then, we pulled out an x-ray set I had laying around, and I challenged the kids to see if they could assemble the skeleton from the x-rays. We compared Bug’s broken arm to the images of a healthy arm, and both had a laugh over just how mangled his arm looked in comparison.
After that, we played a little with Mr. Skeleton (one of my favorite halloween decorations, who is, admittedly, not anatomically correct- but good enough for this homeschool momma to make a point) and checked out his joints and how they moved.
The curriculum went over all the various types of joints and after seeing what we could see on the model, Bug spent some time feeling his own joints to consider how they worked. He completed an assignment in the curriculum where he needed to identify different kinds of joints, and drew a model of his own skeleton.
Oak Meadow always includes a list of optional activities, and the one we didn’t do for this lesson was making a model of a bone out of plaster. I am sure Bug would have loved it, but I wasn’t feeling up for that this time! I love that activities are clearly marked as optional so I don’t feel guilty when I do skip activities.
The lesson ended with a four question “test” all about bones.
If you are looking for a solid science program for your middle schooler, Oak Meadow Science is available as a part of their full curriculum package, or you can buy the course as a stand alone to use with other programs. Check it out in the Oak Meadow Bookstore!
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