Bone Up on the Spine

Modeling the spine can help students understand the function of the disks, the flexibility of the back, and the transfer of information along the spinal nerve.

Grades covered: 4 through 8
Curriculum Topics: Anatomy, Skeletal System, Vertebrae, Nerves


Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

Common Standards Click to View

Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. ||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 4||Life Science||From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes |||Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells. [Emphasis: understanding that cells form tissues & tissues form specialized organs.] ||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Life Science||From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

California Standards (Click to View)

5.c. How bones and muscles work together to provide a structural framework for movement.||CA Science||Grade 7||05. Structure and Function in Living Systems||5. The anatomy and physiology of plants and animals illustrate the complementary nature of structure and function.

Categories include:
  • Life Science
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Science
Tags: Structure & Function
Subjects covered: ["Life Science"]