Exploring the inside of our outside

Yesterday, I shared with you how we made our own x-rays and today I want to share with you a few other ways we explored our bones and x-rays. I was a little concerned when we started exploring x-rays, bones and our bodies that it would be hard to come up with things that the children would really understand and enjoy but instead this study has been a very interesting and fun study for my pre-k class…

Exploring the inside of our outside by Teach Preschool

To further introduce bones, x-rays and our bodies to the children, I read them the Dr. Seuss book, “Inside Your Outside.” This book is kind of long but my prekindergarten age students were glued to every single page from beginning to end…

Exploring the inside of our outside by Teach Preschool

As we read the book, we stopped to take special note of the skeletons illustrated throughout any page in the book that might show up…

Exploring the inside of our outside by Teach Preschool

After reading our book, the children were off to spend a little time creating their own bones.  At one of our tables the children used play dough to design a skeleton for our paper model…

Exploring the inside of our outside by Teach Preschool

Using the pictures of skeletons we had out on the table and in our book, the children began adding bones to our little guy on the table…

Exploring the inside of our outside by Teach Preschool

As the children formed up different bones, they began adding them to the paper model on the table…

Exploring the inside of our outside by Teach Preschool

Throughout the process, we discovered that some of the bones in our bodies are made up of different shapes and sizes and many pieces to help us be able to bend and move. After all, if our bones were just one long piece, we wouldn’t be able to use our legs to run or jump or our hands to pick things up and write…

Exploring the inside of our outside by Teach Preschool

All throughout the morning, the children continued to stop by and add more bones to our paper model. Along the way, we discussed the names of some of those bones…

Exploring the inside of our outside by Teach Preschool

And in the meantime at another table, the children also worked on creating x-ray drawings with chalk and black paper…

Exploring the inside of our outside by Teach Preschool

All throughout the classroom, the children were busy making their own x-rays, bones, and exploring our bodies…

Exploring the inside of our outside by Teach Preschool

And documenting their discoveries…

Exploring the inside of our outside by Teach Preschool

And then coming back to our paper model to continue adding new bones…

Exploring the inside of our outside by Teach Preschool

And once again, my students amazed me with their ability to work together, create, and accomplish great things…

Exploring the inside of our outside by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-04-08T06:00:43+00:00April 8th, 2014|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

2 Comments

  1. Malia {Playdough to Plato} April 9, 2014 at 9:40 am - Reply

    I love, love, love this simple-to-make play dough mat. Such a fun way to help kids learn about the different sizes and shapes of bones. Can’t wait to try it out with my own pre-kindergartener. Thank you!!

  2. Linda McDermott January 14, 2018 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Thanks for the great idea. I did this last year with my Pre-Primary children and they really got behind creating a life sized skeleton. It was so hands on and I could see all the learning going on. It also led to lots of discussion, collaboration and research about shapes etc of the bones. I am going to do this again this year with my new Pre-Primary students. Thanks again. I love your site.

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