Learning the Human Skeletal System
The human skeletal system is very easy to learn because they are accessible. Touching your bones is very possible despite the skin. 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. If you follow these creative suggestions below, learning about the human skeletal system would become very easy for you.
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. Painting your skin can be one adventure for you. One day you can even try, with the use of an eyebrow pencil or any make-up to write the bones of the skull on your face.
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.
You can make up rhymes or cute saying from the bones.
“MY femur is horizontal when I’m a dreamer” is one such saying.
The capital letters in this saying give the clue “MAN Did I blow a big bubBLE”, and the answer is mandible.
“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 ‘parietal’ contains the word ‘pair’ and there are a pair of them. Since it ends in ‘tal’ it can signify that they are on the top of the tallest spot of your body which is your head.
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. You can read or perform your script in class and you can record it too.
Pasta can be used to picture different categories of bones. Penne pasta,macaroni, and broken lasagna can be used to designate long bones, sesamoid bones, and flat bones respectively. When you have gathered your pasta, paste them onto a human shaped board and then put the names of the bones on it.
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