My students primarily come from low income families. Many of my students have family members who work in the fields or they work in the fields themselves in their time off of school. I would like my students to be able to explore science with hands on activities.
Many of my students ask if we will ever be able to do a dissection and I would love to give them that opportunity.
Some students here at Alisal on the East Side of Salinas have never been to the ocean so I would love to try and plan a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium so they could see different marine life. If possible I would also like to get the materials to do a dissection of a shark or other marine animal to tie that into our comparative anatomy lessons in our evolution unit.
My students studying evolution and have learned about how fish have many structures similar to those in the human body.
This is a great opportunity for them to see the anatomy of a fish and make connections to how the human body evolved from organisms once living in the sea.
I would also love for my students to have the opportunity to see how sharks have cartilage rather than bones. By doing a hands on dissection of sharks the students will be able to learn the adaptations of animals necessary to survive in different environments. The students will also see how teeth of sharks and humans are different because they have a different diet.
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