Our school is a diverse combination of cultural backgrounds that are found here in Miami. As a teacher in a low-income/high poverty school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite these challenges (many of them have language barriers and economical struggles), these students give their all.
As a teacher and father of three boys, I truly understand how engaging young minds in science is important to their overall comprehension of the subject.
Students who can see, feel and experience science hands-on are more likely to understand it.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This sentence is so true. Through my past experience, no matter how much I explain the body systems of mammals, students only get them when they see them first hand.
Dissecting an organism in Biology is a rite of passage.
Every high school graduate can remember the day that they dissected a frog or a rat. Sadly enough due to funding our school has had to cut down on this activity. We've resorted to videos and animations, that although are of great help, don't truly capture the essence of the task at hand.
With this activity, students will have first hand experience dissecting these organisms. With this material, I can make small groups of 3 or 4 and assign a specimen to each table. Each group will be able to dissect the rats and since the groups will be small enough, they will share their ideas on how to properly dissect and name all of the vital organs.
It is my experience that when too many children share a specimen for dissection, they can' t really get the full experience nor learn the proper techniques. The students will be able to use the dissection mats as guides to properly dissect the rat. They will be allowed to learn by doing, instead of the same old lecture, Q&A routine. Please help our kids.
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