Bone Disease – Spinal Column

Today my third grade GATE students learned about two different bone diseases: scoliosis and osteogenesis imperfecta. Both of these diseases cause curvature of the spine. To learn about the spine, students created a spinal column out of pipe cleaners and egg cartons.

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The pipe cleaner represented the spinal cord and the egg carton sections were the vertebrae.

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All you need to complete this activity is egg cartons, pipe cleaners, and a pen.

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This activity helped my kiddos visualize how the spine moves and its purpose. This was a great addition to the articles students read and the videos they watched.


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