What is a Skeleton?

35 min.

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Compare animal groups that have exoskeletons - with animals, like humans, that have endoskeletons

Big Idea

Bodies need structural support

Books to feature:

Box Turtle gives a fictional timeline to one turtle. The story starts in 1892.

Box Turtle

Box Turtle - written and illustrated by John Himmelman

Turtles and snails

Turtles and Snails -written by Gallimard Jeunesse and Gilbert Houbre, illustrated by Gilbert Houbre

After reading these books - what do you know about turtles and snails? How are they alike? How are they different. What are some questions you have about skeletons? Humans have an endoskeleton - but science is working to address paralysis through exoskeleton technology:

Indego - powered exoskeleton

Visit the world's only skeleton museum:


What is a bone?

What is collagen?

What is the difference between a vertebrate and an invertebrate?

What is cartilage?

What is a ligament?

Are teeth bone?

Pick different animals to research on line - Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Smithsonian Zoo are some of the possible sites to use: