Since today is Charles Darwin's birthday, I wanted to do something fun with my osteology class. And since the Sochi Olympics are also ongoing, I figured I'd meld them into the... OsteOlympics. (Man, I love a good portmanteau!) We -- my TA Shevan and I -- held four events in class, and each winning individual or team received a very lovely skeleton-themed prize that I picked up for cheap at an online party store. Events (and pictures therefrom) are as follows:
Bag o' Bones -- We made up six bags with three bones each: one rib, one vertebra, and one cranial fragment. Students had three minutes to identify as thoroughly as possible each of the bones... without looking! They then passed the bag along to another person and then another; this way, we only had to make up six bags for 18 students. No one got all three bones right, so we gave stretchy skeletons for two correct answers.
Crossteologyword Puzzle -- While students were competing individually in the Bag o' Bones, the rest were completing this crossword puzzle featuring osteology vocab terms we've covered so far this semester. My original goal was for those who got at least 12 answers right to win a prize. Apparently, the puzzle was too hard and the time given too short, so we gave out participation prizes: skull erasers.
|Ben draws the glenoid fossa of the scapula.|
|Teams start laying out their skeletons|
In the end, every student got a couple packets of bone-shaped sweetarts for their efforts. Much fun was had by all. Hopefully, much learning was had too...
Stay tuned because next week, my osteology students craft hyoidkus (haikus about the hyoid, of course), and I'm planning on making them do osteology charades at some point as well.