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The Custodian Bones

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A fun bulletin board idea for grades K-5.  
Submitted by Sherry Hartley, Midland, Michigan.  


This idea was adapted from the September/October, 1998 issue of Great Activities. In this issue a neat bulletin board idea was featured. “The Principal’s Muscles” by Jane Briggs displayed a large cut-out picture of their principal with her muscles labeled.

Not only did we use Jane’s theme for teaching muscles, we used the same format for a bulletin board called the “Custodian’s Bones.” I purchased a plastic skeleton and enlarged a picture of our school custodian, Mr. John Dittenbir, for the skull. The custodian’s collar and tie are made from construction paper. After a quick trip to the computer room, we were able to generate the large computer printout of the names of the bones.

Each week our students learn a new bone and review previously learned bones as we exercised. The statement, “Milk helps build strong bones,” serves as an opener for a mini-health discussion on other calcium-rich foods necessary for strong bones. Students also have fun with statements like, “Make no bones about it, Mr. Dittenbir is tops!”

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