Based on what you have learned, use simple materials, like newspaper or cardboard, to create a model of a bone that includes some of the parts and defining characteristics of bone tissue. You will use your model to demonstrate a function that is possible based on the characteristic/s represented in your bone. Examples of anatomy that you may want to include and relate to bone function are:
compact and spongy bone (cells that make up this tissue)
structures inside the bone (Haversian canal, canaliculi, Volkmann’s canal, blood vessels)
structures on the outside of the bone (periosteum)
Draw a sketch of the bone design, then create your model. Once your model is created, experiment with its effectiveness by modeling a function that would typically be performed by that bone in the human body. For additional help, view the student example.
Create a structure that will bear the weight of a textbook (attempt to describe what happens or photograph).
Create a structure that will protect something soft (attempt to describe what happens or photograph).
Create a structure that allows movement (attempt to describe what happens or photograph).
Submit a picture or sketch of your model, and the completed conclusion questions below to your instructor.
What components of real bone tissue did you include in your bone model? (Please refer to the bone composition and repair video and bone cell chart of the lesson.)
What components of real bone tissue did you have trouble including in your bone model? Why?
What is the role of osteocytes, osteoblasts, and osteoclasts in bone repair? (Please refer to the bone composition and repair video.)
If you had to redesign your model, what would you do differently?