Give Me A Hand, I'm "Thumb-body" Special
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Ranada L. Johnson Horace Mann Elementary
8050 S. Chappel
Chicago IL 60617
This lesson is designed for students grades 4-8. The students will be able
to: label the bones in the hand; create a model of the hand; compile a set of
fingerprints; and realize the importance of the thumb.
Note book paper
Index cards (1 for each student)
Activity number 1
The students will begin by discussing the most used part of the body, the
hands. The students will make a short list of activities that they can do with
their hands. Then they will make a list of activities that can be done without
the use of the hands. All answers will be discussed.
Activity number 2
The teacher will have the students toss a ball around the classroom using
their hands. The teacher will ask the students what they just did. Then they
will write down how they threw the ball. The class will discuss the needed hand
movements. Then the students will pass a small ball by using any part of the
body other than the hands.
Activity number 3
The students will place their fingers together at the second knuckles with
the pinkies up and touching. They will try to move them without sliding them
sideways. The students will try this with each finger to determine which
fingers are immobile.
Activity number 4
The students will tape down their thumbs and try to complete a number of
exercises, such as writing, catching a ball, buttoning clothes, etc.
Activity number 5
The students will use a mixture of flour, salt, and water to create dough.
They will flatten it out and press their hand into it to create a handprint. A
partner will use a plastic knife to cut the excess dough from between the
fingers. The students will then place the bone structure cut out in the
appropriate parts of the hand. The dough will be left to dry for several days.
Activity number 6
The students will trace their hand on a blank sheet of paper. They will
make fingerprints by using a pencil to make graphite shavings. Then they will
rub their finger across the graphite. The partner will place a one inch piece
of clear tape across the darkened part of the finger. This piece of tape will
be applied to the matching finger on the traced hand. This is continued until
all fingers are done.
Students will be assessed on participation and following directions. They
will also be assessed on identifying and labeling the bones in the hand.
At the conclusion of this lesson the students will be able to identify the
anatomy of the hand including the fingerprints. They will also know the
importance of the hand and its many uses.