October is one of my FAVORITE months to teach!
One of my favorite activities I do is Mr. Bones. I bought a skeleton one year after Halloween (hello great clearance!!), and I label him while the students label their own personal skeleton.
They cut out the pieces and glue them to a black piece of paper.
Click here to the the student Mr. Bones.
Each day, we learn a few of the new bones. When I taught 3rd grade, they learned about 11 different bones. Click HERE to get those labels. I think I will just do the main ones for 2nd grade....Pelvis, Cranium, Phalanges (I LOVE that word - haha!), Rib Cage, Spinal Column, and maybe Femur and Radius (just so they get one of the arm and one of the leg). After I do it this year, I will have a better idea of what they can handle.
Then, at the end of the week, they have a labeling "quiz," after which they get to celebrate their success with Skeleton candies!
We use THESE (from Oriental Trading) so they can continue their practice in labeling the bones.
I have also done a Q-Tip bones (depending on the year, sometimes we have time, and sometimes we are pressed for time!)