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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: The Skeleton Jig Saw
Purpose of Activity:
To introduce the skeleton to younger children.
Suggested Grade Level:
Materials Needed:
Pictures; posters; or models of skeletons; *For each student: Black and white enlarged picture of skeleton; Scissors; 1 sheet of typing or construction paper; glue; Pencil
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea


After finding pictures of skeletons enlarge them so your students can work with them. We found our skeletons online. Books would work as well. Cut the skeleton into at least 8 parts. Scatter the pieces on a sheet of paper far enough apart to make it easy for the kids to cut out. Place the pieces on a clean sheet of white paper and make enough copies for the class.


Briefly review the parts of the skeleton. Let the students handle a model, and if possible, a full sized skeleton. Introduce some of the major bones, but concentrate mostly on where the various bones are located.

Hand out the skeleton jigsaw sheet and a blank sheet of construction or typing paper to each student. The students are instructed to look at the pictures and models of the skeleton and cut out and reconstruct their own skeletons on the blank paper.

When they are finished allow students to compare their skeletons with everyone else's and then with the teacher's own master copy.

As a follow-up, allow students to use their paper skeletons to learn the basic bones and then label them on their sheets. Exhibit them for other students, parents and family to admire.
Carlos Olivo who teaches at Holy Cross Lutheran School in Dallas, TX. Posted on PEC: 3/6/2003.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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