The lesson began with a demonstration. She handed out gloves, and we looked at their shape. They matched our hands, but they were floppy; the fingers couldn't stand up. Then she had the kids put their hands into the gloves and we saw that they were now firm and able to move. This is like our bones. Our bones make our bodies stand up , they give us form, and they let us move. Without them, we'd be mushy and formless.
Snack Time: Skeleton Cookies
She had made up the dough in advance, and the kids got to form their own cookies, which was very fun. Here is the recipe in case you wanted to make your own.
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salted almonds
Directions: 1. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat egg whites and sugar with orange peel and baking powder until blended.2. Gradually add nuts and flour, beating until mixture is thoroughly mixed.3. Cover and chill until firm enough to handle, at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.4. Lightly flour your hands and pinch off a 3 tablespoon size piece of dough.5. On a lightly floured board, use the palms of both hands to evenly roll an 8 inch long rope.6. Cut rope in half; roll each half out again to 8 inches.7. Fold 1 inch of each end back onto rope; pinch ends to make bone-end shapes.8. Repeat to shape all the dough.9. Place bones 1 inch apart on buttered and flour-dusted 12 x 15 inch baking sheets.10. Bake in a 325F oven until cookies are lightly browned on bottoms, about 20 minutes.
Video Clip: We watched another section of the same episode of Magic School Bus that we saw a bit of last week for muscles.
After the pieces were all cut out, we used a hole punch at each joint, and then joined the bones together with yarn.
She also had plans for a song and a wiggle time game, but we used up all our time with these activities. Too much fun for the time allowed! I guess we'll have something to carry over for next year!