My students need pigs so they can perform a dissection and better understand the anatomy of the body!
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My students are eager college scholars who are always ready to engage into learning new science. As fifth graders, they are very visual , on-hand learners, that loves to participate in activities, experiments, and class demos. They simply learn best by actively practicing what they have been taught. As their science teacher, I always push to incorporate these learning tactics into my lesson plans to keep them interested, curious and to show them that it is more to science that meets the eye.
In dissecting an animal, students see, touch, and explore the various organs in the body. Seeing these organs and understanding how they work within a single animal allows students to understand how these systems work within many other animals, including themselves. While there are various aspects that may differ between humans and other animals, many of the organ systems in complex animals work in similar ways to those of humans.While it is true that many people, for many different reasons, oppose dissection in the classroom, and offer alternatives like models or online options, dissection is still a valued educational tool thanks to its hands-on nature. It is thought that if students see and feel these organ systems for themselves, they will take more out of the lesson than if the teacher just lectured or assigned readings about it. Also, some teachers express the hope that by learning about their own bodies through dissection, students will come to respect how their bodies work, and think about how they treat them and what they put into them.
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