Animated Ways to Learn the Bones of the Body

There are a variety of on-line resources available to help students learn the bones of the body. Students can explore a 3-D skeleton and practice naming the individual bones of the body, play games using the bones of the body or build their own skeleton. These interactive activities provide students with hands-on experiences to help remember the bones of the body.

Human 3D Animated Skeleton

Contmedia, a computer software company, created Human 3D, a human anatomy program. The software, which sells for $29.95, contains graphics and animations for teachers to use in the classroom to improve instruction or help students study for exams. Students can explore maps and diagrams of the human body and more than 500 3D models.

Kid’s Health: Your Bones

Nemours, a children’s health system, has created a website dedicated to kids’ health and body systems. Students can listen to information on bones, take interactive quizzes and view movies to learn about the bones. Teachers can print a diagram of a human skeleton for students to label and a word search to help students learn the names of the bones.

Skeleton Shakedown

Harcourt Publishers offers the game Skeleton Shakedown. The premise of the game is a skeleton has fallen apart in a lab accident and students must put it back together. Students drag the bones to the appropriate places to recreate the skeleton. Teachers can use this interactive game in the classroom as well, requring students to call out the names of the bones as they are attached to the skeleton.

Get Body Smart: Human Skeletal System

Get Body Smart is an on-line textbook about human anatomy and physiology. As part of the website’s section on the human skeletal system, students can go through tutorials on the different parts of the skeletal system. Students can interact with diagrams of the skeletal system by magnifying bones, labeling specific bones and adding colors to distinguish between specific types of bone. Computer-generated pictures of bones can be seen side-by-side real bones.

The Skeleton

The Children’s University of Manchester offers an animated tutorial of the importance of bones and an overview of the human skeletal system. Students can click through visual representations of the skeletal system and play a game requiring them to choose the correct bones to build a skeleton. Pictures of bones are labeled with correct terms to help students learn the names of bones as they play the game.

Mr. Bones

Mr. Bones is an animated skeleton created by the FOSS program at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Students click on the waving skeleton to disassemble it and mix up the bones. Students then can click on each bone to see its name. Students then drag the bones to recreate the skeleton. When the skeleton is correctly reassembled, it will begin waving again.