Quick and easy classroom-ready warm-ups, inspired by kids’ curious questions from around the world — updated weekly.
Step 1) Ask:
“What if we didn’t have bones?”
Step 2) Watch:
Play the video above for your students.
- What you’ll see: Beautiful footage of a jellyfish moving around in its natural habitat. Let’s be honest — they’re beautiful to watch, but they don’t really do anything other than casually move around; so, displaying 30 seconds to 1 minute of the footage will suffice. (Spoiler alert: Nothing else happens in the video. We promise. We checked ourselves and want to spare you the 4 minutes of anti-climactic anticipation).
- Length: Under 4 minutes (but, like we said, 1 minute should do).
Step 3) Discuss:
Now, get your students talking. Start with 1-3 questions of your choice:
- Do all living things have bones?
- Do jellyfish have bones?
- How does having bones affect movement?
- How do we move? How is this different from how a jellyfish moves?
- What would happen if we didn’t have arms and legs?
- Why do we need bones?
- Could we live without bones?
Step 4) Answer:
So, what if we didn’t have bones?
Your students should now have a strong grasp on how to answer this question. Let them tell you!
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