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Dissections are one of the most popular activities in science classrooms all over the world. It gives the students a real, tangible example of how living things are put together. Diagrams and charts in a textbook are fine, but being able to open up an animal and see the mechanisms of life is an irreplaceable experience. It was always one of my favorite things to do in science class, and as a child growing up in Alaska. We would go fishing and I would be more interested in examining the stomach contents of a fish than anything else. The cost of biological specimens is high, and if I am to allow my students to have the same incredible dissection experiences I had, I will need a little help. Our school has no real funding for science projects like this. Ordinarily, I would simply buy the materials myself, but the cost of these specimens is too high. I am trying to purchase a pail of 50 frogs for my 7th graders, and 20 dogfish for my 8th graders. This project is one that I like to do at the end of the year so we can end on a high note, and it never fails to excite my students. They ask about it all year, so for them it is just something exciting and different. For me, it is something I know will help them learn concepts of physiology, anatomy, adaptation, ecology, and other concepts that I believe are fundamental to understanding and appreciating the world around us.

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Dissections are one of the most popular activities in science classrooms all over the world. It gives the students a real, tangible example of how living things are put together. Diagrams and charts in a textbook are fine, but being able to open up an animal and see the mechanisms of life is an irreplaceable experience. It was always one of my favorite things to do in science class, and as a child growing up in Alaska. We would go fishing and I would be more interested in examining the stomach contents of a fish than anything else. The cost of biological specimens is high, and if I am to allow my students to have the same incredible dissection experiences I had, I will need a little help. Our school has no real funding for science projects like this. Ordinarily, I would simply buy the materials myself, but the cost of these specimens is too high. I am trying to purchase a pail of 50 frogs for my 7th graders, and 20 dogfish for my 8th graders. This project is one that I like to do at the end of the year so we can end on a high note, and it never fails to excite my students. They ask about it all year, so for them it is just something exciting and different. For me, it is something I know will help them learn concepts of physiology, anatomy, adaptation, ecology, and other concepts that I believe are fundamental to understanding and appreciating the world around us.

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