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Bendy Bones
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In this activity (on pages 19-24 of PDF), learners soak chicken bones ...

In this activity (on pages 19-24 of PDF), learners soak chicken bones or eggshells in vinegar for several days. Learners observe what happens to the material as the acid dissolves the calcium that provides the strength to the material. The lesson includes information about calcium, calcium-rich foods that keep bones strong, and an explanation of how the acidic vinegar solution causes the bone or eggshell to become weak.

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Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Nutrition
Chemistry
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oregon
Bone Identification
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This activity (page 3 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation ...

This activity (page 3 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into fossil hunting and identification. Groups of learners will sift through a commercially prepared owl pellet, looking for bone pieces that they will attempt to match to an identification chart and subsequently arrange into a rough skeleton. Learners use this exercise to consider how animal skeletons help researchers determine what kinds of animals live together in an ecosystem as well compare the bones they find to the bones in their own body. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Dinosaurs.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
Bone Stress
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In this optics activity, learners examine how polarized light can reveal stress ...

In this optics activity, learners examine how polarized light can reveal stress patterns in clear plastic. Learners place a fork between two pieces of polarizing material and induce stress by squeezing the tines together. Learners will observe the colored stress pattern in the image of the plastic that is projected onto a screen using an overhead projector. Learners rotate one of the polarizing filters to explore which orientations give the most dramatic color effects. This activity can be related to bones, as bones develop stress patterns from the loads imposed upon them every day.

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Physics
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Activities and Labs
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Exploratorium
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Science Snacks
Author:
California Department of Education
National Science Foundation
NEC Foundation of America
The Exploratorium
Buried Bones
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In this activity, pairs of learners will create two make-believe dig sites ...

In this activity, pairs of learners will create two make-believe dig sites by burying chicken bones in plaster of Paris--a powder that hardens when wet. Then, learners try to excavate (dig out) their partner's "fossils." Learners will discover that excavating fossils requires skill, patience, and the right tools. Note: this activity requires adult supervision as working with plaster of Paris can be dangerous if not done properly.

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Education
Life Science
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Simulations
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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American Museum of Natural History
Buried Bones
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This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect ...

This fun Web site is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they learn about paleontology with a hands-on activity. The activity opens with an explanation covering how fossilized bones are usually very delicate and buried deeply in rock fossils. Students are then given step-by-step directions for working with a friend to create two make-believe dig sites by burying bones in plaster of Paris. The activity ends with three discussion questions: What was surprising about excavating the bones? What strategies did you find worked well for removing the plaster? How would you have worked differently if you had no idea what was buried inside?

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Archaeology
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Activities and Labs
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American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
Calcium Collage
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In this activity (on pages 11-14 of PDF), learners cut out pictures ...

In this activity (on pages 11-14 of PDF), learners cut out pictures from magazines of foods that help make bones strong and glue the pictures to a paper bone. The lesson plan includes information about various activities - including physical exercise as well as diet - that lead to healthy bones. It also includes a list of foods that provide calcium to strengthen bones, including dairy products, spinach, and tofu. The paper bones can be cut out of construction paper prior to the activity.

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Life Science
Nutrition
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
OMSI
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oregon
Chicken Wing Exploration
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In this activity, learners explore cooked chicken wings and identify the various ...

In this activity, learners explore cooked chicken wings and identify the various parts including: bones (radius, ulna, humerus, shoulder joint, elbow joint), tendons, and cartilage. Learners observe the relationships between bones, tendons, and cartilage and identify how a chicken wing is similar to a human arm.

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Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Arizona Science Center
Science Education Partnership Award, National Institutes of Health
Exploring Bone Mineral Density
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In this activity, students will explore two given websites to gather information ...

In this activity, students will explore two given websites to gather information on Bone Mineral Density and how it is measured. They will also learn about X-rays in general, how they work and their different uses, along with other imaging modalities. They will answer guiding questions as they explore the websites and take a short quiz after to test the knowledge they gained while reading the articles.

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Engineering
Life Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Kristyn Shaffer (Primary Author)
Megan Johnston
TeachEngineering.org
VU Bioengineering RET Program,
Good Stress
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In this activity about physical stress (page 28 of PDF), learners discover ...

In this activity about physical stress (page 28 of PDF), learners discover that muscles and bones need to work to stay strong. In part 1, learners investigate how physical stress can affect bone (a hard material) by bending plastic knives. In part 2, learners explore the effects of stress on the muscles in their hands by predicting and counting the number of times they can "click" a clothespin. Learners will conduct this experiment every other day for two weeks to discover that their muscles grow stronger with conditioning. This guide includes background information, extensions, and a data sheet.

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Education
Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Barbara Z. Tharp
Kimberly Chang
Nancy P. Moreno
NASA
National Space Biomedical Research Institute
NSBRI
Inner Strength
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In this activity about endoskeletons (page 8 of PDF), learners observe, compare ...

In this activity about endoskeletons (page 8 of PDF), learners observe, compare and contrast different kinds of chicken bones, and relate their chicken bone observations to human bones. The bones must be prepared a day ahead of time. Learners also use a poem to identify the major bones of the human body and discuss the importance of bilateral symmetry. This guide includes background information, extensions, and data sheets.

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Lesson Plans
Unit of Study
Provider:
Baylor College of Medicine
Provider Set:
BioEdOnline
Author:
Barbara Z. Tharp
Kimberly Chang
Nancy P. Moreno
Inner Strength
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In this activity about endoskeletons (page 8 of PDF), learners observe, compare ...

In this activity about endoskeletons (page 8 of PDF), learners observe, compare and contrast different kinds of chicken bones, and relate their chicken bone observations to human bones. The bones must be prepared a day ahead of time. Learners also use a poem to identify the major bones of the human body and discuss the importance of bilateral symmetry. This guide includes background information, extensions, and data sheets.

Subject:
Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Mathematics
Geometry
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Barbara Z. Tharp
Kimberly Chang
Nancy P. Moreno
NASA
National Space Biomedical Research Institute
NSBRI
Join the Dinosaur Age
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In this activity, learners rotate through several learning and play stations to ...

In this activity, learners rotate through several learning and play stations to explore dinosaurs and paleontologists. At these stations, learners use sand and dinosaur bone replicas to create a dig site and make observations, read several dinosaur books and complete dinosaur puzzles, role play as dinosaur hunters as they explore online dinosaur sites, create a dinosaur romp, listen to dinosaur music, and use clay or play dough to make dinosaurs and dinosaur tracks. This activity is featured on page 9 of the "Dinosphere" unit of study for K-2 learners.

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Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Mary Fortney
Rick Crosslin
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Jump for the Moon
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In this activity, learners will train to increase bone strength and to ...

In this activity, learners will train to increase bone strength and to improve heart and other muscle endurance by performing jump training with a rope, both while stationary and moving. Learners perform the exercises over time (week or month) and record and graph their observations. This activity simulates how astronauts must participate in strength training prior to missions in order to compensate for muscle and bone loss while floating in the reduced-gravity environment of space. An embedded video on this page showcases the activity. Learners can complete this activity as part of NASA's Fit Explorer Challenge, in which learners train like astronauts, set goals, track their progress, and accumulate points to progress through Exploration Levels and earn certificates.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Simulations
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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NASA
NASA Johnson Space Center
Lever Cowboy
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In this activity, learners build a figure that moves and "comes to ...

In this activity, learners build a figure that moves and "comes to life" when they pull its string. This engineering activity introduces learners to simple machines, specifically levers, as well as animal anatomy (bones and muscles) and locomotion.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Community Science Workshop Network
Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop
Living Bones, Strong Bones
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In this activity about engineering, nutrition, and physical activity, learners design and ...

In this activity about engineering, nutrition, and physical activity, learners design and build a healthy bone model of a space explorer which is strong enough to withstand increasing amounts of weight. This activity contains several engaging mini-activities and stresses the importance of the scientific method. Learners can complete this activity as part of NASA's Fit Explorer Challenge, in which learners train like astronauts, set goals, track their progress, and accumulate points to progress through Exploration Levels and earn certificates.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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NASA
NASA Johnson Space Center
Muscles and Bones
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Muscles and Bones offers teachers 10 activities that help students understand how ...

Muscles and Bones offers teachers 10 activities that help students understand how the body's muscles and bones work. The activities in this guide help students explore important questions related to muscles and bones in living things; such as: Do you know which foods have lots of calcium for your bones? What are you doing to keep your muscles strong? and How do your bones and muscles work together?

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Nutrition
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
Baylor College of Medicine
Provider Set:
Baylor College of Medicine
Round, Light and Hollow
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In this activity about bones (page 12 of PDF), learners investigate and ...

In this activity about bones (page 12 of PDF), learners investigate and compare the weight-bearing capacity of solid and hollow cylinders. Learners then make inferences about bone structure and observe the interior of cleaned long bones of chickens. This guide includes background information, extensions, and data sheets.

Subject:
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Baylor College of Medicine
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Barbara Z. Tharp
Kimberly Chang
Nancy P. Moreno
Round, Light and Hollow
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In this activity about bones (page 12 of PDF), learners investigate and ...

In this activity about bones (page 12 of PDF), learners investigate and compare the weight-bearing capacity of solid and hollow cylinders. Learners then make inferences about bone structure and observe the interior of cleaned long bones of chickens. This guide includes background information, extensions, and data sheets.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Mathematics
Geometry
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Barbara Z. Tharp
Kimberly Chang
Nancy P. Moreno
NASA
National Space Biomedical Research Institute
NSBRI