Learning the Human Skeletal System
The human skeletal system is very easy to learn because they are accessible. You can touch and break most of your bones. If you simply memorize these bones, chances are you will forget them in a while, but not so if you attach meaning to the bones you are learning about. Below are some creative suggestions which you can use to make connections between your bones and other things in your life.
It is still important to study your text book and listen to your teachers even if you have these ideas to help you in learning them.
But you can still be creative in studying them by following these ideas below.
One idea is to paint corresponding bones on a t-shirt or a pair of leggings. Another idea is to get some body paint and accentuate and label some bones right on your skin. Using an eyebrow pencil or any make up, you can mark your face to write the bones of the skull.
If you have a study group you can paint bones on each other and then take pictures and share it with the rest of the class.
The names of the bones can be used to make up rhymes and cute saying.
For example, my femur is horizontal when I’m a dreamer.
“MAN Did I blow a big bubBLE” where the capital letters spell mandible which is for chewing.
“The fibula is on the side of like a Jibula.” Where a jib is on the side of the main sail, just like the fibula is on the side of the tibia.
The word ‘pair’ is contained in ‘parietal’ which are found in a pair. This lies on the tallest spot of your body which is the head, so it ends in ‘tal.’
Based on their shape, think of what the bones may remind you and you can also relate it to what they are used for.
For example a scapula looks a bit like a wing and is in fact involved in raising your arms.
You can associate your sphenoid bone with a bat that lives inside the cave of your skull.
You can do animation when studying about bones. You can make a script where the bones are arguing with each other on what next to do. If you make your bones tell us what they can do, we can pinpoint the places in their body. Make friends from your study group reach through the script or perform and record your creation.
You can also use different types of pasta for different categories of bones. Penne pasta,macaroni, and broken lasagna can be used to designate long bones, sesamoid bones, and flat bones respectively. You can glue them on a page or poster board in the shape of a human body and then label the bones.