After they draw those, I then bring out skeleton bones from the biology room. Yes I am a scavenger and borrower, you have to be in this job. I then have them move from table to table to drawing the different pieces of bone that I set out. Our school skeleton is not fully assembled and comes to me in a big tub. In some ways that is better than me rolling him down the hall.
Anyways, then I have them have a two minute brainstorming session with the other people that sit by them and they have to name as many cartoon characters as they can. I usually walk around and tell them to think way back to their childhood or their grandparents childhood if they can. I always love when they come up with ones that nobody else at their table has even heard of.
To wrap it all up and bring it all back together, I tell them that there has been a method to the madness today and that I just didn't reach into a hat to try to throw several things together that don't seem to make sense. I then tell them that they will be drawing a cartoon character in gesture and his skeleton.
Here are some of my favorite examples.