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TEACHERS, BEFORE YOU TEACH THIS LESSON… PLEASE READ!

What follows is our Halloween mini-lesson and activity that we created in 2017, so it’s possible that your students did this with their teacher last year. If it’s important to you or your students that you do something new this year, we recommend trying our Halloween mini-lesson and activity for 2018, "What’s the biggest spider in the world?"

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DISCUSS:

What do bones do for your body?

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Beginning Activity Prep
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TEACHERS, BEFORE YOU TEACH THIS LESSON… PLEASE READ!

This is our Halloween activity that we created in 2017, so it’s possible that your students did this with their teacher last year. If it’s important to you or your students that you do something new this year, we recommend trying our Halloween mini-lesson and activity for 2018, "What’s the biggest spider in the world?"


Activity Prep

To make skeleton hands to hang in your window, each student will need:

  • one sheet of construction paper for each student (Brown and black will not work in this activity. We recommend using an assortment of other colors. Lighter colors work best.)
  • a crayon that will write on the chosen color of construction paper. (Dark colors work best.)
  • a Q-tip
  • (optional) painting smocks for younger students to keep their clothes clean

Each group of four will need:

  • newspapers or tablecloth to protect the table from spills (We use garbage bags.)
  • a small container holding about a tablespoon of vegetable oil, baby oil, or mineral oil (We used condiment cups. If you have paint trays, those would be great.)
  • a few paper towels to mop up spills

In addition, you will need:

  • a sunny window where you can hang your completed work (Light shines through the art revealing the bones of the skeleton.)
  • tape for hanging your work on the window

We also provide an activity extension for Grades 4 and 5. To complete that activity extension, each student will need:

For teaching the activity extension, you may want to print out:

  • the Answer Key for the “Going Batty” worksheet
  • some potential answers for the final discussion questions. (Your students may come up with other ideas, too!)
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EXTENSION FOR OLDER STUDENTS

Students Grade 3 and up can extend this activity by comparing the human hand to the bones of a mystery animal. Go to the next slide for step-by-step instructions.

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DISCUSS (1 of 2):

How are the bones in bat wings and human hands similar to each other? How are they different?

answer-key

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DISCUSS (2 of 2):

Thinking about how bats use their wings and how humans use their hands, can you explain the differences in their bones?

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