It’s officially spooky season! What better way to celebrate than by BOOsting your lessons with these FANGtastic activities?

DIY Skeleton Hand

Use this template as a fun Halloween activity that teaches about the inner-workings of the human hand. The hand contains 27 bones: 8 carpal bones, 5 metacarpal bones, and 14 phalanges (finger bones). These bones connect at joints. Additionally, there are over 30 muscles in the hand. Nerves within the hand control the muscles between the bones.  The nerves are also responsible for your sense of touch.

Have students cut out the skeleton hand on this worksheet. Follow the instructions to make your own movable hand. Go over the different bones and discuss the functionality of the ribbon. For a more robust hand, print this template on thick cardstock.

Candy DNA Model

Introduce DNA with an edible DNA model activity! All you need is toothpicks, licorice, and 4 different colored marshmallows. DNA is structured like a

 ladder. Each color of marshmallow will represent a different chemical that are the “rungs” of the ladder – adenine, thymine, guanine, and cytosine. The licorice will represent the sugar-phosphate backbone that are the sides of the ladder. Have students follow the steps on this worksheet to create their DNA model!


Halloween Strawbees Challenge Cards

Challenge your students to make these Halloween-themed objects using Strawbees! You can add layers to this activity by seeing who in class can make objects the fastest or having your students vote on the best one for each category! (But they can’t vote for themselves!)