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Your Skull (Grades 4 to 6)



Your Skull (Grades 4 to 6)
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.41

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     challenging words:    bowl-shaped, cranial, fontanels, maxillary, glucose, fuses, palate, therefore, often, cartilage, leads, jawbone, lower, membrane, actually, adult


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Your Skull
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     You can often feel bones through your skin. Feel your head. Doesn't it feel like a helmet or a hard hat? In a way, it is. This is your skull. Your skull is actually made of 29 bones.
 
2     Your skull actually starts out as individual bones. Then the skull fuses together as a baby grows.
 
3     Your cranium is the bowl-shaped top part of your skull. It protects the brain. It is made of eight smooth bones that fit together tightly. The bones are curved and thin.
 
4     Between an infant's cranial bones there are gaps called fontanels. These gaps are covered by a tough membrane instead of bone. This allows the cranium to be squeezed as the baby passes through the birth canal.
 
5     After birth, the brain grows. It actually triples in size. By the time a child is 2 years old, the brain is almost as large as an adult's brain.

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