Bag of Bones

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In this activity, learners will use cereal to conduct an experiment and investigate how decreased bone density is related to increased risk of bone fracture. Learners will also discuss the subject of bone loss in space and how research in this area can benefit individuals here on Earth. This lesson plan includes extension ideas, resources, and background information. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Honey CombsTM or generic Honey BuzzersTM cereal (approx. 4.5 oz. per group)
  • Snack size zip locking plastic bags (6 5/8 X 3 1/4 inches), 5 per group
  • Heavy books, 1 per group
  • Calculators
  • Meter stick
  • Broom and dustpan (for clean-up)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Solar System
      • The Planets
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Skeleton
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Number and Operations
    • Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Includes assesments for student learning:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Teacher Academy Project, Texas A&M University

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  • Public domain, ,