Malvern High School is located in a high-needs area and serves a diverse population of students. Nearly 80% of our students come from poverty, and it is my goal to help them experience as much hands-on scientific experiments as possible. My students have proven that they love kinetic activities, and it is my hope to implement many of those experiences throughout the school year. Both Biology and Environmental Sciences focus on wildlife and human impact. By allowing my students to dissect preserved specimens, they understand characteristics of living things (growth and development, adaptations, response to change). Both my Environmental Science and Biology students will dissect fetal pigs and owl pellets this year - assuming we receive the funding.
Fetal pigs and owl pellets will expose my students to characteristics of living organisms including growth and development, adaptations and responses to change/stimuli. Environmental science students will apply their knowledge of biomes, ecosystems and food sources when observing the owl pellets. They'll hypothesize objects they would expect to find in the pellets and will justify why certain contents are found.
Students will compare and contrast fetal pig anatomy to human anatomy and they will bridge their knowledge of gestation and mitosis with actual development of a living organism.
They will apply food chains, food webs and food pyramids when observing owl pellets.
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