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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Bone Relay
Students should have been introduced to bone names, what they look like and their location prior to this lesson.
Purpose of Activity:
To reinforce the students ability to identify bones of the body in a game setting.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Volleyball net; clothes pins; x-rays or pictures of human bones and joints
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Label clothespins with the names of bones that students are expected to know,
at least one for each student. Make sure you have pictures of bones that match
the labeled clothespins. 

Split the class into teams of 4 students. Pick one color for each team you will
have. Mark the back of each clothespin with one of the colors so that the
clothespins are evenly divided among teams. 

Set up the volleyball net on one end of the gym and use extra clothespins to
pin the x-rayed pictures of bones to the volleyball net. 

Teams line up on the opposite end of the gym. Clothespins are scattered near
the centerline.  Each team is
assigned a color. On start, each team sends two students at a time to find a
clothespin of the correct color and then correctly match the bone name on the
clothespin to the bone x-ray on the volleyball net, and then go tag the other two players on their team. (both pairs on a team will go twice)

Award points for finishing. When all teams are finished, have class
move close to the net and check answers. Give points for each correct

Discuss the answers with the class reviewing the bones and their locations in the body.

Teaching Suggestions:

This activity can be modified to use pictures of muscles or other body parts.

Assessment Ideas:

Note the number of correct and incorrect placements of the clothespins.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

If there are students who have disabilities, the whole team could work as a group.
Daria Winker who teaches at Delmar-Harvard Elementary in St. Louis, MO. Posted on PEC: 12/7/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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